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Red Hat Pitches Hybrid Cloud Vision for Linux as OpenShift Goes Mega

After being available for free for its entire lifespan thus far, Red Hat is now revealing its plans for making money from the platform.Issac Roth, PaaS Master at Red Hat, told InternetNews that people have been asking about the pricing for months.

"We're going to keep the same level of resources that we give to people today in the developer preview and have a tier called FreeShift," Roth said. "There might have been some people that didn't believe we would continue to offer a free service."

Red HatWhile Roth declined to provide a specific number of users that the free version of OpenShift currently has, he did say that it was in the tens of thousands of users.

The FreeShift tier comes with three free gears. A gear is the Red Hat unit of measurement that includes compute, bandwidth, memory and storage. The paid tier is called MegaShift and provides Red Hat support for the entire stack below the application code.

MegaShift will cost $42 a month, with an additional charge of 5 cents per hour for small gears and 12 cents for medium gears. There is also a $1 GB per storage fee and then an additional 3 cents per hour if JavaEE 6 is used.

Read the full story at ServerWatch:
Red Hat Puts a Price on Open Source OpenShift PaaS

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.