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Red Hat's Cloud Success in Government

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Summary: In praise of Red Hat, whose efforts to bring GNU/Linux to government are largely successful and hence pave the way for more of the same

RED HAT recently made some headlines for its involvement in a major government effort in the US [1,2]. This symbolised an exciting breakthrough of sorts, despite the fact that Red Hat had been deeply involved in government projects for a number of years now (notably in the defence sector). Like many businesses that jump on the open 'cloud' (e.g. OpenStack) bandwagon [3], Red Hat is increasingly positioning itself as a 'cloud' leader [4], challenging the likes of Canonical [5] in this age of 'cloud' and OpenStack hype [6,7]. Despite or because of the growing popularity of RHEL clones (primarily CentOS [17]), Red Hat is doing well and its CEO continues to provide decent leadership [8]. Based on press releases and announcements from early October [9-13] and even a few from September [14,15], Red Hat now emphasises virtualisation and hosting (or 'cloud', to use marketing terms). Red Hat's shares are expected to rise [16] and it seems safe to say that the better Red Hat does, the better off GNU/Linux as a whole will be. Unlike some other companies, Red Hat shares a lot and is hardly parasitic.

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  8. Red Hat CEO Whitehurst talks about 'Team Jim'

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