Ask 100 people to define “openness” and their answers might include cost savings, agility, freedom, portability, or avoiding vendor lock-in. A major trend over the past decade has been open source, even when mature commercial alternatives exist. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the cloud, but at present, there is no true open standard that all providers obey.
AWS won the API battle for the cloud, but the tide could always turn, and anyone looking for a longer-term alternative now has two exciting prospects: OpenStack and OpenShift.
- Open source: today’s rallying cry
- The 800-pound gorilla
- The longer-term alternatives: OpenStack and OpenShift
- OpenShift: the open hybrid cloud adapter
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