Should a provider embrace an open source cloud platform?

An open source cloud platform has both benefits and pitfalls, just like a proprietary cloud platform. You can get the best of both worlds, however.

Should a cloud provider embrace a proprietary or open source cloud platform?

Cloud providers have a decision to make when it comes to what type of cloud platform they want to embrace -- open source or proprietary. Each has its benefits and drawbacks. Whereas open source platforms offer cloud providers more freedom -- in the sense that a provider will not be at risk of getting tied down to a single vendor -- proprietary platforms allow less-experienced providers to call on the vendor for integration assistance and other needs. Open source cloud platforms are always evolving, potentially making it difficult to keep up if a provider is less familiar with the technology. But if a provider wants the best of both worlds, there is a third option: to wait for hybrid approaches to emerge in order to reap the benefits -- and avoid the pitfalls -- of both initiatives.

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This was last published in July 2013

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