That, at least, is what Red Hat wants customers to believe, as the open source vendor unveiled private cloud software and a public cloud service while offering its usual screed against proprietary technology.
CLOUD BUILDERS: Only Microsoft and Red Hat have all the pieces, Red Hat says
At Wednesday's Red Hat Summit in Boston, vice president of products and technologies Paul Cormier declared "We've changed the world," and mocked VMware's "Cloud Developer's Bill of Rights" and its statement about preventing customers from being locked in to specific products.
"Last time I checked, 90-plus-percent of their products in the enterprise were as far away from open source software as our friends up in Redmond," Cormier said, while also chastising Microsoft for its varying statements both against and for Linux and open source over the years.
One of Red Hat's favorite pitches is that its products let you use any combination of tools: VMware virtualization with Red Hat Linux, or perhaps Windows with Red Hat virtualization and middleware. Microsoft and VMware don't allow that because they don't have open architectures, according to Red Hat. That does, however, raise the question of how Microsoft and VMware products can be integrated with Red Hat if they're not open in the first place.
"It's the conundrum of interoperability," notes IDC analyst Jean Bozman. "It works both ways. Microsoft could say they have a certain amount of interoperability with Novell Linux as well. But the industry loves battles between vendors and products."