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.