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Red Hat's Cloud Strategy Centers on Bundled Products and Top-Notch Support

Last week, Red Hat, unveiled the costs for its bundle of products and services aimed at giving it a strong foothold in the cloud computing market.  The bundle includes Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure and Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, which combine the Red Hat Enterprise Linux OS (RHEL) and the KVM hypervisor plus Red Hat’s own distribution of OpenStack. If you look closely at the pricing, it’s clear that Red Hat wants to attract users of its existing Linux platform and support services to its cloud platform and associated support. Now, there are questions arising about the strategy. One problem that Red Hat has as it tries to pin future growth on cloud computing is that it is entering the OpenStack game late. There are already more distributions available than the market can tolerate, and consolidation is expected. However, if you look at the costs Red Has has set for bundled platforms and support, users can dip their toes in the cloud and virtualization waters for low prices. As ZDNet U.K. notes: "Red Hat is entering into an arena already crowded with players who want to be a one-stop infrastructure-as-a-service provider – such as Microsoft and VMware – but

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