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Red Hat will make $2B supporting free software in 2015

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The middleware keynote speech by Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst during the 2015 Red Hat Summit began with an explanation of Red Hat’s value in the enterprise and its vision for being an open source cloud infrastructure leader. Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), the vendor’s flagship OS offering, won the open source wars, beating Unix to become one of the only legitimate competitors of Windows in the enterprise. Red Hat is amid a disruptive industry shift, driven by the convergence of social, economic and technology trends forcing enterprises to digitize their business and IP faster than ever. Hybrid cloud is the predominant architecture enabling this shift, and Red Hat wants to be the integration and management technology provider of choice. The vendor will use its entrenched position in the Linux open source community to execute a cloud strategy similar to its RHEL strategy. Through the OpenStack and OpenShift communities, Red Hat will contribute to, build and deliver open cloud platforms that can integrate with the widest set of hardware and applications possible — a strategy that will garner its $2B in annual revenue.

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