WSJ.com - Red Hat Jumps Into a New Market "Red Hat Inc., the fast-growing Linux vendor, today plans to announce its entry into a new market for business software led by vendors that include International Business Machines Corp., Microsoft Corp. and BEA Systems Inc.
The Raleigh, N.C., software maker will begin selling so-called application-server software designed to work with its version of the Linux operating system. The move signals Red Hat's ambition to find growth beyond its core business of selling Linux and services associated with it.
Competitors, such as Sun Microsystems Inc. President Jonathan Schwartz, argue that the new product will pit Red Hat against some of its allies, such as IBM, which makes a popular application server known as WebSphere. Not so, says Mr. Szulik. He says IBM, BEA, Oracle Corp. and others actually helped Red Hat refine its software so that it will work with theirs."
Red Hat goes from more complementor to competitor with IBM, BEA, Oracle, and others.