An Open Cloud Strategy, 3 Bullet Edition

I posted a link to David Lutterkort’s fantastic talk on the Aeolus Project at PuppetConf 2011, and Matt Asay jumped right in:

@ I need the 5-minute transcript version for bloggers. :-)
31 October 2011 12:36 pm via webReplyRetweetFavorite
@mjasay
Matt Asay

He’s right. So I blithely replied:

@mjasay 1) Choice is important. 2) Confuse standardization and consolidation at your peril. 3) Cloud is process optimization. (1 tweet!)
31 October 2011 12:40 pm via webReplyRetweetFavorite
@ghelleks
Gunnar Hellekson

This blog post was thus inevitable.

1) Choice is important.

This should be “Choice is still important.” but it wouldn’t fit in the tweet.

The IT industry has spent the last ten to fifteen years moving off of closed, proprietary stacks of hardware and software towards relatively open, standardized, commodity gear. If I move away from single-vendor platforms, I’ll probably save money on the up-front cost, but I’m also saving by introducing competition. I can compete HP, Dell, and IBM against each other and I’ll probably get a better price than if I have to sole-source that hardware buy. Open platforms also give me a better chance of incorporating new innovations, since I don’t have to wait for my one-and-only vendor to catch up.

Lockheed Martin on Open Source and the Cloud

Lockheed Martin’s Melvin Greer, Senior Fellow and Chief Strategist, Cloud Computing, noted that the contractor community’s development of internal expertise in using open source software will help the government in its adoption of OSS.

“When Vivek Kundra, the U.S. Chief Information Officer, unveiled his 25-point implementation plan for IT reform, one of his top initiatives was a call to shift to a cloud-computing first policy,” Greer said. “We believe that the use of open source software will facilitate this shift, as a way to speed implementation, lower costs, and drive the development of standards for cloud computing.”

Well how about that. More info here: The Intersection of Open Source and the Cloud