There is always a lot of talk about the word “open” in tech circles, especially when it comes to the cloud. After all, no one wants to be locked in and shackled to a “closed” system, right?
I’ve sat on a number of panels in recent years talking about the open cloud, and one question always comes up: What exactly is the open-source cloud anyway?
Simply using an open-source technology does not make a cloud open in my opinion, and it’s an argument that I’ve made every time anyone ever asks me. I like to think like a user, and frankly users in the cloud (and elsewhere) typically have one primary concern—and that’s about data.