RED HAT HAS ANNOUNCED that it will shift its emphasis from Linux to cloud computing in the next few years.
In a blog post entitled "Only a matter of time, cloud winners will be chosen soon", Red Hat CEO and president Jim Whitehurst said that the race is on, explaining, "Right now, we're in the midst of a major shift from client-server to cloud-mobile.
"It's a once every  years kind of change. As history has shown us, in the early days of those changes, winners emerge that set the standards for that era - think Wintel in the client-server arena. We're staring at a huge opportunity - the chance to become the leader in enterprise cloud, much like we are the leader in enterprise open source."
The move recognises what the company believes is a greenfield opportunity, and the change in emphasis is underlined by its ongoing commitment to Openstack as a platform in the cloud and its recent acquisition Feedhenry, a mobile app developer.
Of course, Red Hat won't turn it back on Linux altogether. Most cloud services are based on Linux systems, many of which are built on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) frameworks.
Whitehurst continued, "We want to be the undisputed leader in enterprise cloud, and that's why Red Hat is going to continue to push. We're going to continue to grow our capabilities in Openstack, Openshift and Cloudforms. We're going to continue to push our advances in storage and middleware and offer those to customers and our partner ecosystem. We're going to continue to offer what we see as the best operating platform in the world."
Despite this optimism the cloud market has a huge amount of competition, and on Monday it was revealed that HP has surpassed Red Hat in code contributions to the upcoming Juno build of Openstack. µ
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