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Red Hat Wants To Repeat The Magic of Linux With Containers

At the recently held Red Hat Summit, Red Hat’s annual user conference, containers took the center stage. The keynotes emphasized the importance of containers, both for the company, and the broader open source ecosystem. OpenShift, the PaaS offering from Red Hat, hogged the limelight by getting the attention of the speakers and attendees.

Clocking over $2 billion in revenue, Red Hat is the poster child of the open source ecosystem. It will remain a case study in the history of the high-tech industry for defining a highly successful business model based on open source software. Red Hat’s dream run is attributed to the success of Linux operating system, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Founded in 1993, two years after Linus Torvalds announced Linux Kernel, Red Hat has come a long way to become a formidable player in the enterprise IT market. Like most of its peers and competitors, it had seen the high and lows of the industry.

The enterprise IT landscape is changing fast. Will Red Hat continue to cast its magic spell?

With enterprise workloads slowly moving to the public cloud, and containers becoming first class citizens of the datacenter, the battleground is quickly shifting to the cloud and containers. Traditional infrastructure players are facing a huge challenge. The changing dynamics of the market are forcing Red Hat to relook at its strategy.

Red Hat has been attempting to become an enterprise platform company. From JBoss to the latest 3Scale deal, It chose acquisitions as the strategy to fill gaps in its offerings. One product that was acquired in 2010, Makara, which is now called OpenShift, has transformed Red Hat into a fully-fledged platform company. Its foray into the crowded Platform as a Service (PaaS) segment did not make a visible dent in the market.

Read the entire article at Forbes

Janakiram MSV is an analyst, advisor, and architect. Follow him on Twitter,  Facebook and LinkedIn.

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