May 22, 2016 / 7:37 PM / a year ago

Red Hat shares could rise 30 percent in a year: Barron's

(Reuters) - Red Hat Inc shares could rise 30 percent in a year as more companies use its server software, according to a report on Sunday in the financial publication Barron‘s.

Raleigh, North Carolina-based Red Hat, which distributes an open source computer system known as Linux, is growing its apps business which generated roughly 15 percent of annual revenue last year.

Red Hat’s apps business consists of an open-sourced platform for cloud computing called OpenStack; virtualization software which helps companies make better use of their hardware; and storage software. Red Hat is trying to use its strength in Linux to sell through products from its apps business to clients, Barron’s said.

Revenue from Red Hat’s apps business last year rose 46 percent and made up the highest percentage yet of the company’s total revenue.

Reporting by Olivia Oran; Editing by Alan Crosby

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