Much has been made of the fact that Red Hat will be the first billion dollar company using an open source model. Many people say that Red Hat will also be the only company to ever reach a billion dollars based on an open source model. I have written before that I think there is more than one way to skin the open source success story. Companies who use open source don't need to make a billion dollars to be successful. I was reminded of this again this week talking to my friends at Alert Logic.