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Red Hat Hires Microsoft Cloud Exec for OpenStack, Virtualization Push

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Azure cloud veteran Radhesh Balakrishnan has joined Red Hat (NYSE:RHT) to drive the open source company’s OpenStack and virtualization strategies. Balakrishnan’s career move comes at a critical time for Red Hat, which is striving to push beyond Linux to compete with Microsoft and VMware (NYSE:VMW) across private and public clouds.