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Ubuntu creator warns businesses to be wary of cloud lock-in

Jan 29, 2012, 22:04 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sophie Curtis)

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"Cloud infrastructure was always meant to be based on open standards, and organisations that choose to buy capacity from public clouds that only support one standard are creating problems for themselves in the future, according to Ubuntu creator Canonical.

"'All the world's biggest clouds are built on open source technology,' said Canonical's vice president Chris Kenyon in a keynote session at Cloud Expo Europe yesterday. 'They're not all built on open standards, but open source underpins all of the largest plans.'

"Kenyon explained this is because open clouds are scalable, cheap and secure. He compared the evolution of cloud computing the the evolution of the internet, stating that although the web existed before open standards, it was the arrival of HTML that prompted the explosion of innovation that made the web what it is today."

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