Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on April 21, 2007 04:55 AM
Red Hat's licensing is forcing the issue here.
For example, if I have 500 servers, all EXACTLY the same running exactly the same configuration and software (think massive web cluster,) RH's pricing model is 500 X $Retail - 20% (quantity discount.)
Since you are not "licensing the software" really, (since it's all GPL) you are paying for support. Support for 500 clones does not cost 500 times as much as support for one machine. This is EXACTLY why I don't run RH and run CentOS instead. RH really needs an alternative model where you get a site license and pay $X for Y hours or Z incidents of support.