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Enterprise Linux Today: In Context: Interview with Akopia's CEO on the Red Hat Acquisition

Feb 05, 2001, 09:14 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Wolley)

"Brett Pinegar, Akopia president and CEO, now general manager of Red Hat's newly formed e-business solutions division, talks about Red Hat's acquisition and plans to create an open source e-commerce powerhouse around Akopia."

"Enterprise Linux Today: Could you start by giving us a little background on the Red Hat deal?

Brett Pinegar: ...we're putting together a separate division, or group, to focus very specifically on e-business solutions. ...long term we offer the option of a managed hosted solution. So for customers who are in need of critical levels of reliability and uptime, and need staff to be monitoring the solution 24x7, we can provide that solution for them."

"ELT: How did the deal with Red Hat come together?

Pinegar: Akopia and Red Hat have been partners for a number of months... from that close working relationship it became evident that a closer, acquisitive relationship would be beneficial for us... So it was just sort of a natural evolution."

ELT: Do you envision the Interchange product continuing to be used with other Linux distributions?

Pinegar: Not only other Linux distributions, but other operating systems as well. Interchange functions in a variety of Unix and Linux platforms and it will continue to do so, just as CCVS and Stronghold Apache operate in other environments as well. So we will continue to offer our solutions in those other environments, and we will continue to ensure that the product works very effectively in those environments as well."

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