Awesome Move by Red Hat and Amazon

I was amazed and delighted to see the news that Red Hat is going to start offering Red Hat Enterprise Linux on EC2. This is good news for several reasons:

  1. It shows that Red Hat, which has gotten a bit stodgy in its pursuit of the enterprise market, is not afraid to make a bold, game changing move. (Though its pricing is not as elastic as Amazon’s model allows.)

  2. It shows just how powerful the infrastructure is that Amazon is building. They completely get the idea of the web as platform, and they keep pushing the envelope. Kudos to them.

  3. It may create opportunities for people to move applications whole cloth to EC2, rather than just portions of the processing.

I haven’t had a chance to study the offering in detail, but on first look, my hat’s off to Red Hat and Amazon.