Red Hat Sees Strong Demand For Cloud Computing
As many as 50 of its customers have begun building private compute clouds using Red Hat Linux, says Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst. A few are investigating "semi-private clouds," in which they plan to share IT resources with trusted partners.
Speaking at the recent Federal IT on a Budget Forum in Washington, Whitehurst said Red Hat sees a "a ton of demand" for private, semi-private, and public clouds. As an operating system and middleware provider, Red Hat doesn't have a bias toward private or public clouds; both are business opportunities for Red Hat.
Whitehurst anticipates the market splitting up roughly along the following lines: small and medium-sized companies subscribing to public clouds and large companies building their own.