Red Hat appoints Microsoft veteran to head virtualization biz

Infotech Lead America: Red Hat has appointed Radhesh Balakrishnan as the new head for its virtualization technologies and solutions business.

Radhesh Balakrishnan, who is joining Red Hat from Microsoft, will serve as the global leader of Red Hat’s virtualization infrastructure solutions, including responsibilities for the company’s Red Hat OpenStack and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization technologies and solutions.

Under Balakrishnan’s leadership, Red Hat plans to expand its Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization offerings as well as deliver enterprise-class Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solutions powered by OpenStack.

At Microsoft, Balakrishnan he held product management and product marketing responsibilities across a wide range of product lines. Most recently Balakrishnan served as a senior director responsible for the Windows Azure cloud platform business in the Asia Pacific region.

Paul Cormier, president, Products and Technologies, Red Hat, said: “Radhesh and his team will continue to drive open virtualization forward through our Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and Red Hat OpenStack technologies and solutions – both of which are central to Red Hat’s open hybrid approach to the cloud. We welcome Radhesh to the Red Hat team.”

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