Coté, Michael

Michael Coté heads up the Infrastructure Software practice at 451 Research, focusing on everything from the hypervisor to the application layer. In addition to covering application development, systems management, VDI, cloud management and platforms, he also closely follows the business of software — including product management and marketing; strategy and M&A; and the tectonic moves of vendors and communities in the technology world.

Michael has worked at several technology companies, from startups — such as the pioneering online banking company FundsXpress — to BMC Software. In 2006 he chased his passion for following and commenting on the IT industry to RedMonk, where he was an industry analyst covering the IT world and helping clients plan how to most effectively prosper in the rapidly changing space. Prior to joining 451 Research, Michael worked at Dell in various strategy roles — in corporate strategy, where he helped launch the software group; heading up the internal incubation program; leading Dell’s cross-company cloud strategy; and finally, running the portfolio strategy team for the Dell Software Group.

Michael is well known for his podcasts and videos, including the Podcast and the IT Management & Cloud Podcast. When not publishing insight at 451 Research, he blogs at and types inane prattle on Twitter @cote.

Tessman, Walter

Walter Tessmann leads the partner and alliances efforts for Red Hat Storage Server and, over the past months, has worked closely with CommVault and other Red Hat Storage strategic partners to deliver a purpose-built data protection solution. Prior to this position, Walter held a number alliance and marketing positions at EMC Corporation, Juniper Networks, and Brocade Communications. He earned an MBA from Babson College and a bachelor’s degree in Systems Engineering from the Monterrey Institute of Technology.

McCool, Daryn

Daryn McCool has more than 15 years of experience working in the e-Commerce and web world. He has worked with several Red Hat, IBM, and open source software products. Daryn currently manage 3 teams: 2 engineering teams supporting Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat JBoss Middleware, and open source tooling and a second DBA team that supports both open source and IBM databases.

Attada, Sanjay

Sanjay Attada has worked for more than 20 years in the IT industry, as a developer, tech lead, manager, architect and IT director. He has extensive experience in eCommerce and digital applications and platforms.

Robertson, Keith

Keith Robertson is responsible for various supportability initiatives at Red Hat. He has worked as a software developer for more than 14 years and is the maintainer several open source projects.

Verlaenen, Kris

Kris Verlaenen started contributing to the JBoss Drools project in 2006 and after finishing his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2008, he joined Red Hat full time. He has a keen interest in everything related to BPM, and a special interest in the healthcare domain, one of the areas that has already shown to have a great need for flexible business processes.

Barros, Guilherme

Guilherme Barros supports Red Hat and customer relationships and helps guide support strategy and processes. His focus is on providing the best support possible to our customers.