Red Hat's Gunnar Hellekson on virtualization and the subscription model

Thursday - 2/9/2012, 5:40pm EST

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Gunnar Hellekson, the chief technolgoy strategist for Red Hat's U.S. public sector group, joined Industry Chatter with Francis Rose to discuss virtualization and the subscription model for agency IT systems

In his role at Red Hat, Hellekson works with systems integrators and federal agencies to promote the use of open source technology by the government.

With the increased focus on as-a-service IT and virtualization at agencies, Hellekson said the subscription model is often a more effective way to meet the demands of the cloud environment.

From his official bio:

Gunnar Hellekson is the Chief Technology Strategist for Red Hat's US Public Sector group, where he works with systems integrators and government agencies to encourage the use of open source software in government. He is co-chair of Open Source for America and one of Federal Computer Week's Fed 100 for 2010. He is also an active member of the Military Open Source working group, on the SIIA Software Division Board, and sits on the Board of Advisors for CivicCommons. He is especially interested in cross-domain security, edge innovation, and interagency collaboration through the open source model.

Prior to joining Red Hat, he worked as a developer, systems administrator, and IT director for a number of Internet businesses. He has also been a business and IT consultant to not-for-profit organizations in New York City. During that time, he spearheaded the reform of safety regulations for New York State's electrical utilities through the Jodie Lane Project.