Red Hat shells out $95 million for French OpenStack integrator eNovance

Red Hat(s rht) has bought eNovance, the OpenStack systems integrator that designed the Cloudwatt French national cloud, for €70 million ($95 million).

Paris-based eNovance was founded in 2008 and is one of the top 10 contributors to the OpenStack public cloud project. Cloudwatt aside, the firm counts the likes of Cisco(s csco), Ericsson(s eric) and Alcatel-Lucent(s alu) among its customers.

Red Hat and eNovance have been working together since 2013 to service joint customers and steer companies towards the U.S. firm’s OpenStack distribution, the Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform. As of last month, they have also been collaborating on putting network functions virtualization (NFV) and other “telecommunications innovations” into OpenStack.

Probably not coincidentally, Red Hat said it would not support Linux customers’ deployment of non-Red Hat OpenStack – as part of that shift, the firm reportedly told its employees to stop working with integrator Mirantis, which is trying to tout its own distribution. The eNovance buy gives Red Hat a way to push its own easy-to-deploy credentials.

According to a Wednesday statement, Red Hat will pay €50 million in cash and €20 million in shares for the French company.

At a guess, this acquisition will come up at our Structure conference on Thursday, when Red Hat CTO Brian Stevens will talk OpenStack and the enterprise.