Small Business: How Red Hat Will Attack Microsoft Stronghold

At first glance, Microsoft’s software portfolio — Windows, Office, Small Business Server and Exchange — still dominates the small business market. But Red Hat CEO Jim Whiteshurst says his company has found a back door into the small business market. Perhaps surprisingly, it doesn’t really involve desktop Linux. Here’s how Whitehurst sees Red Hat gaining a foothold in the small business IT market.

I sat down with Whitehurst at the Red Hat Partner Summit in Boston on June 21. While most of our conversation focused on larger customer bases, Whitehurst certainly sees an opportunity for Red Hat to push far deeper into the small business market.

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