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