As Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) attempts to connect with cloud services providers (CSPs), the operating system seems to be facing surprise competition from a fierce rival. Microsoft Windows Azure? Nope. Ubuntu? Wrong again. The second coming of Unix? Not quite. Actually, the cloud OS rival could be CentOS — the free, unsupported version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Here’s why.
GigaOm claims some CSPs are balking at new Red Hat support fees. The popular media site suggests that some cloud services providers are closing their wallets and opting instead for CentOS. According to GigaOm:
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