I normally wouldn't cover a Red Hat customer acquisition--after all, the company earns more than 10,000 new customers every quarter. It's just not news when it adds a new one, even a big one like Swisscom IT Services, as announced today.
But the Swisscom deal is significant, and not because of Linux. In fact, Swisscom IT Services already had a comprehensive Linux solution in place. Indeed, buying Linux is now such a no-brainer decision that reporting on Linux adoption is like reporting on someone buying furniture. You might decide to change the store from which you buy it, but you're not going to stop buying it. Everyone needs furniture.
No, the Swisscom decision points to Red Hat's success in selling operating system-to-middleware ecosystem value, and that, I believe, is very significant.… Read more