ARCHITECHT Daily: The tricky balancing act of cloud services and open source

Apologies in advance for this issue being light in terms of commentary, especially on the individual
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ARCHITECHT Daily: The tricky balancing act of cloud services and open source
By ARCHITECHT • Issue #88
Apologies in advance for this issue being light in terms of commentary, especially on the individual links (where I also kept the original headlines for, I think, the second time ever). At the risk of boring anyone with too much personal info, I do have a good excuse: My car was totaled last night and, apart from a lack of sleep and spending hours today dealing with insurance stuff, my laptop (if it even still works) is still firmly locked in the trunk, which is now essentially fused to the backseat. Hopefully I’ll be back to a more normal working day tomorrow.
I do, however, want to call readers’ attention to a few items today that I think speak to an uncertain future in terms of what “openness” will look like in enterprise IT in the years to come. Taken in total, these four stories tell a tale that goes something like this: 
  1. Cloud computing is so big that that the purchasing decisions of cloud providers materially affect even large hardware vendors such as HPE.
  2. However, IT buyers are increasingly concerned about becoming locked into their cloud providers.
  3. Proponents of open source projects like Kubernetes claim it can mitigate this concern by providing an open and portable layer. Even Oracle is getting on board with Kubernetes.
  4. However, companies built around open source technologies like Kubernetes are … I wouldn’t say struggling … but perhaps thinking a lot about how they are going to make money. There are some hybrid approaches to open source licensing popping up, essentially trying to split the difference between offering paid SaaS versions and relying solely on support deals.
Cloud and open source are here to stay. The questions are around how companies will consume them, and who, what and how they’re willing to pay.

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