RALEIGH – The Red Hat hiring day announced this week is designed to bolster cloud computing efforts and seeks employees at every stage of the product development process.
So says Mike McGrath, vice president of Red Hat Software Engineering, in an interview with WRAL TechWire.
The new talent can help the company develop products to meet emerging IT needs, as requested by current and potential customers, he added. The cloud and the Red Hat experience were the main reasons why IBM acquired Red Hat, based in Raleigh, two years ago for a whopping $ 34 billion.
The company plans to hire more than 500 new associates, focusing on incorporating staff into the Triangle and Boston.
“For these initiatives, on the East Coast, especially in Boston and the Triangle, we’re looking for everyone who needs to build an entire product,” said McGrath, who noted that it includes engineers, product managers, quality control testers, and creators. of content. , among other roles.
“We’re always looking for talent, wherever it is, and for us, and I think other companies are also waking up to that fact, the Triangle has a lot of talent.”
Red Hat adds more than 500 jobs, including Raleigh, with a focus on cloud computing
But positions will be remote to begin with, as the company’s current policy allows for remote work for all employees, and is expected to continue until at least September 2021, McGrath said.
The positions come at a time of growth for the company, which was acquired by IBM for $ 34 billion two years ago.
“I think if you’ve seen any video interviews with our CEO, Paul Cormier, you’ve heard him talk about what an open hybrid could do and how a lot of customers want to do it, and we’ve definitely seen that.” dir McGrath.
One app and one that McGrath said spends a considerable amount of time working on is within the auto industry.
McGrath noted that cars are increasingly like data centers, noting that consumer demand is bringing about a considerable shift in the way companies and automakers are thinking and investing in technology.
“Many technological changes that have taken place outside the automotive industry make it suddenly very interesting [to the industry]McGrath said, including the potential of 5G technology that greatly facilitates the transmission of video and audio to cars.
“We’re starting to see disruptions in the automotive space, such as Teslas, which is one of the first successful new companies in decades,” said McGrath, who described a Tesla vehicle as essentially a server on wheels that can travel 90 miles per hour.
“Car manufacturers are looking at it and realizing that customers want a very good experience inside the car, from a technological perspective, including regular updates and getting new features that the car didn’t even have. when it was bought “.
In the automotive industry, Red Hat partners with Exida, a leader in functional safety, to design an operating system that allows the vehicle to access continuous updates while maintaining the necessary functional safety certifications.
These cutting-edge computer applications, in automotive, are also produced in other industries, such as telecommunications.
And that’s where Red Hat sees growth and that’s why it’s expanding its team, McGrath said.
“What we look forward to seeing and what we’re seeing is the consolidation of a very complicated hardware environment,” he said. “The future for us will be more open, more standards-based, and Red Hat is very good at driving standards, building consensus.”