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It's Not Highlander: There Can Be More Than One Open Source Cloud

Apr 08, 2012, 18:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Brockmeier)


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"To hear them go at it, you'd think that open source cloud was a zero-sum game. It's a bit like Highlander, except with much better acting and special effects. Seriously, have you watched Highlander? After more than 20 years of hearing references to Highlander and "there can be only one!" I finally broke down and watched the movie a few months ago. I wish I hadn't. But I digress...

Turns out, I wasn't the only one thinking Highlander. I pinged RedMonk's Donnie Berkholz, who has been a Gentoo developer for many years as well. Berkholz says, "cloud stacks haven't done a great job of delineating all the niches in their space ? many of them still think they can be everything for everyone. This creates the same Highlander-style perception that there can be only one."

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