The difference between what TomorrowNow did with Siebel software and what Larry did with Red Hat Linux is that RHEL is open; Siebel doesn't have a line of FOSS code in it.
A year and a half ago, 100 times that speed was considered good and in a year and a half from now Korea expects to have ONE THOUSAND times that fucking speed. I know people in US states who can still only connect with a fucking 33.6Kbaud modem.
Unless there's something in the contract explicitly putting all the burden on the guy needing certs (nearly impossible and unenforceable), the company pays to maintain. If you think that's bullshit, remember that the company itself profits from that maintenance and a n experienced worker.