The CEO of a solution provider working with VMware and Red Hat said:
Just a few months after IBM paid $34 billion for Red Hat, Red Hat's top Kubernetes star joined rival VMware, a virtualization giant trying to seize the Kubernetes market.
, Grant Shipley has been senior director of Red Hat OpenShift containers and Kubernetes platforms from 2012 to this week; this week he defected to VMware, to become the company's new Kubernetes senior director. Shipley is a pioneer in the Red Hat Kubernetes OpenShift platform and has worked for the company for 14 years and has held many senior executive engineering and software development positions.
Sanjay Poonen, the chief operating officer of VMware, said he looked forward to Shipley.
Just three months before Shipley left, IBM had just completed its acquisition of Red Hat in an all-cash stock deal worth $34 billion. IBM did not immediately comment on Shipley's departure or who would take his place.
The chief executive of a solution provider that works with both VMware and Red Hat says the future of Kubernetes and containers is in the eyes of VMware
The CEO, who declined to be named, said:
So if you see people like [Shipley] leaving Red Hat and its new owner, IBM, for VMware to take charge of Kubernetes, this fully demonstrates the direction of the market.
In terms of Kubernetes and OpenShift innovation, Red Hat's future remains unclear within IBM, the chief executive said. He said:
At last month's Deutsche Bank meeting, VMware Pat Gelsinger said OpenShift vs Pivotal Cloud Foundry owned more entities than Red Hat and IBM combined.
At the VMWorld 2019 conference in August, Gelsinger announced plans to become Kubernetes's
VMware's new Kubernetes leader, Shipley, tweeted that he learned within the first four hours of VMware entry.