Red Hat continues to impress. Coming off its already-strong first quarter and higher guidance for its fiscal year, Red Hat announced on Wednesday 29 percent year-over-year growth for its fiscal second quarter and 5 percent growth over its first quarter.
Total revenue for its second quarter hit $164.4 million. Both revenue and profit came in above analyst expectations.
This was the first time in years that Red Hat's second-quarter billings exceeded its first quarter billings. Not bad for a company that gives away free software.
Importantly, Red Hat appears to be doing longer-term deals, as its total deferred revenue balance was $496.9 million, growing 32 percent year-over-year and 1 percent sequentially. This would suggest that Red Hat customers are increasingly comfortable making a long-term bet on Red Hat's future. Indeed, on the analyst call, Red Hat Chief Financial Officer Charlie Peters indicated that the average booking for Red Hat is 24 months and that 36 percent of its subscriptions are for a term greater than one year.
In selling longer-term deals, Red Hat is successfully blocking competitive pressure from Novell, Microsoft, and other companies that might want to cut into its accounts.
On the earnings call, Peters and CEO Jim Whitehurst identified several key trends:… Read more