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This article is part of the November 2011, Vol. 1 No. 4 issue of Open source in the cloud: Boon or bust?
As companies cautiously explore cloud computing, open source technologies could prompt a tipping point in cloud adoption. Free and open source software is liberally licensed and allows users to change and improve software design by allowing access to its source code. Its community-driven approach to software development—as well as flexibility and the potential lower cost of open source technologies— is well suited to the cloud. By contrast, proprietary software often locks in users to a given provider and can come with a high price tag. So open source may also help untangle some of the vexing problems that have been roadblocks to cloud adoption, including data portability and cloud interoperability. But building private and hybrid clouds with open source technologies poses problems as well, including spotty support, lack of company development know-how and a lack of common standards. Moreover, many cloud platforms mix open source and proprietary code. Vendors may continue to nurture their own proprietary technologies in the marketplace rather than join ... Access >>>
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