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Measuring Open Source Success

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Much has been made of the fact that Red Hat will be the first billion dollar company using an open source model. Many people say that Red Hat will also be the only company to ever reach a billion dollars based on an open source model. I have written before that I think there is more than one way to skin the open source success story. Companies who use open source don't need to make a billion dollars to be successful. I was reminded of this again this week talking to my friends at Alert Logic.

I do some blogging and other consulting for Alert Logic, mostly on a blog called Secure Cloud Review. I wanted to disclose and make that clear from the outset here. For those of you who don't know the name, Alert Logic is a provider of Security-as-a-Service to enterprises primarily through cloud and hosting providers. They are based down in Houston. The reason I bring them up is that they released their yearly and quarterly financial results today. Alert Logic is a private company, but unlike most private companies they release GAAP financials publicly. You can read the release yourself, but Alert Logic had another record year and cracked the 25 million revenue barrier. Granted not anywhere near a billion dollars, but in a new market such as Security-as-a-Service, a solid accomplishment and their growth trajectory continues upward and onward.

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