Q&A: Jim Whitehurst, Red Hat CEO and President
Feb 14, 2008, 17:30 (2 Talkback[s])
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"Q: Inside of your first 30 days on the job, Sun has
purchased MySQL for $1 billion. Red Hat tried its own entry into
the database market in the past, but execution was an issue. Any
chance you'll try your hand at the database market or are you
content with partnering?
"I'm 32 days in, so it's hard for me to make a final judgment
call on anything. But I would be very surprised if we went into the
database business. I look at the core infrastructure businesses
we're in, that business globally is worth nearly $100 billion
dollars. We're a $500 million company and still have a lot of room
to grow in our core businesses..."