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Red Hat , the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that its leading operating platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, is driving further enterprise adoption of cloud computing .
Building on the strong, long-term technology collaboration between Red Hat and Verizon Business, today Red Hat Enterprise Linux is offered as one of the first two operating system platforms available for Verizon Business’ new Computing as a Service solution .
Verizon CaaS is a new on-demand solution that enables business and government agencies to take advantage of cloud computing to control IT costs and improve operational flexibility .
CaaS enables customers to manage IT resources, including server, network and storage, efficiently and securely, meeting today’s business demands .
Red Hat Enterprise Linux provides a reliable, high-performance, secure open source platform on which to base cloud deployments .

”Verizon Business is now delivering to customers what we believe to be the most comprehensive and secure cloud-based computing solution on the market, said Michael Marcellin, vice president of global managed solutions, Verizon .
”Verizon CaaS was engineered to meet the challenging security needs and performance requirements faced by enterprises and the Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system is playing a big part as we bring this unique offering to customers around the world .

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Whitehurst anticipates the market splitting up roughly along the following lines: small and medium-sized companies subscribing to public clouds and large companies building their own. He says large companies (say, those with 1,000-plus servers) get close to the same economies of scale as public cloud service providers when it comes to purchasing gear, so the cost benefits of moving to the public cloud aren’t as compelling. “There’s going to be some difference in costs, but not much because the margins aren’t that big,” he said in an interview following his keynote.

The other rationale for do-it-yourself clouds versus services like Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud is the lower risk, or perceived lower risk, around data security. A few Red Hat customers have begun to investigate the feasibility of creating semi-private clouds where they would share IT infrastructure for cloud bursting or other demand peaks with partners that have been vetted in advance. Red Hat is helping its customers identify potential partners for these semi-private clouds.

One issue to be resolved with semi-private clouds is whether partners should be in the industry, say financial services, or different industries. On the one hand, financial firms might find it easier to set up a cloud with companies they already know and do business with. On the other hand, their IT usage patterns might be too similar to warrant a shared environment, with the risk of simultaneous demand spikes. “This is one of the big debates,” Whitehurst says.

Red Hat has no plans to offer cloud services itself. “We’re not getting in the cloud business. We’re not competing with our customers,” says Whitehurst.