While Red Hat is often lauded for its ability to support open source software and retain loyal subscribers to its support contracts, the company has also established itself as a strong leader and open source community booster. In 2014, Red Hat's focus is going to shift much more in the direction of cloud computing, as it pursues numerous OpenStack-focused initiatives. The Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform is positioned to serve as the foundation for OpenStack-powered cloud deployments. And, Red Hat announced its Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Infrastructure-as-a-Service and expanded training in support of its OpenStack technology.
Noted open source writer and leader Matt Asay notes that OpenStack needs Red Hat, because while the open cloud platform has much going for it, it doesn't have the leadership it needs. Red Hat could provide that leadership.