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Radhesh Balakrishnan to Lead Red Hat Virtualization; Paul Cormier Comments

redhat-logoRadhesh Balakrishnan, a former senior director at Microsoft, has joined Red Hat as general manager of the open source software provider’s virtualization technologies and solutions business.

He will be responsible for the company’s OpenStack and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization product lines and serve as global leader for virtualization infrastructure solutions, Red Hat said Tuesday.

Red Hat said Balakrishnan joins the company as it is expanding its Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization offerings and delivering enterprise infrastructure-as-a-service products powered by OpenStack.

“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,” said Paul Cormier, president of products and technologies.

At Microsoft, Balakrishnan most recently helped lead the Windows Azure cloud platform business in the Asia-Pacific region.

He held other product management and product marketing positions at Microsoft.

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