IBM business partners have begun recalibrating strategies in the wake of the vendor’s announcement that it would acquire open source software vendor Red Hat.

IBM, which plans to purchase Red Hat for $34 billion, sparked a wildfire of questions this week concerning the fate of Red Hat’s roadmap and commitment to open source culture under Big Blue. While IBM stated that Red Hat would operate independently within its hybrid cloud business unit, and retain its multi-cloud alliances with providers such as AWS, Microsoft and Google, overlaps in the vendors’ portfolios and the nuances around integrating the companies have yet to be fleshed out. Despite the uncertainties, IBM business partners revealed they are optimistic and recognize the major boost the buyout would give Big Blue in the hybrid cloud market.

Charles Fullwood, Force 3’s senior director of software sales engineering, recently shared his expectations on what to expect from IBM’s Red Hat acquisition and the “tremendous opportunity” it presents in the federal space.

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