With VMworld news dying down, some other potentially big stories are able to make their ways to the forefront. Today, those are rumors of Red Hat buying PaaS provider Makara, and Eucalyptus teaming with Jamcracker on yet another self-service front end for the Eucalyptus cloud platform. Regarding the former item, it would almost immediately make Red Hat a more-legitimate competitor to VMware on the PaaS front, as Makara takes the idea far beyond what Red Hat can deliver with JBoss alone. As for the latter, well, it’s further evidence that Eucalyptus realizes users want self-service, and they probably want a choice of options, too. I wonder, however, if Eucalyptus can truly thrive without developing its own turnkey cloud tools.