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Can Red Hat Score Two More Victories?

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By most accounts, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and JBoss middleware are both solid successes. But can two newer initiatives — namely, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and OpenShift — also gain critical mass, particularly among cloud computing partners?

For those who are late to the Red Hat story, the company is on track to become the first $1 billion open source specialist within the next year or so. Red Hat Enterprise Linux has successfully pushed beyond traditional servers and is gaining momentum on cloud-centric servers, while JBoss middleware has caught on with sophisticated IT consultants.

Two More Initiatives

So far, so good. But Red Hat isn’t satisfied with its one-two punch. The software company is now busy building out its Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) and OpenShift business efforts. The VAR Guy thinks RHEV is a winning long-term strategy but it’s too early to predict whether OpenShift will gain critical mass. Here’s why.

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