Maybe OpenStack has legs after all: Red Hat taps once-skeptical Gartner analyst to lead group

Alessandro Perilli, a high-profile Gartner(s it) analyst on data center strategies, is joining Red Hat(s rhat) to run its OpenStack-based hybrid cloud program. Normally such a move wouldn’t raise eyebrows, but this is an interesting hire for a few reasons.

First, Red Hat has been trying to replicate its success with Linux in cloud and PaaS with its OpenStack-based hybrid cloud and OpenShift PaaS. Second, Perilli has been very public about his concerns about OpenStack’s suitability for use in enterprise cloud deployments.

Sources confirmed Perilli’s move but he would not comment. A Red Hat spokeswoman said the company had no news to share. Thus far the only public sign of Perilli’s move was his tweet that Friday is his last day at Gartner.

There’s sort of revolving door between top analysts and vendors in the fields they cover (sort of analogous to the Capital Hill-lobbyist vicious cycle in Washington.) In January, another big-time Gartner name, Chris Wolf joined VMware as CTO for the Americas, for example.

Update: Red Hat announced Perilli’s appointment as GM of its new Open Hybrid Cloud Program  on March 25.