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A Fatal Flaw For Open Source

Jun 16, 2010, 12:51 (14 Talkback[s])
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"Are you saying that all open source has to be multi-tenant to be useful?

"No, but when it comes to building applications, until open source projects support multi-tenant architectures, open source won't be the accelerator that it once was for applications that are going to scale. It is not easy to retrofit single-tenant applications to a multi-tenant architecture.

"What do you expect will happen?

"The ability to rapidly create multi-tenant architectures will be a very useful skill. I suspect that the open source community will address this in an organized manner for the most important components. Commercial firms will of course step in with offerings to make open source multi-tenant. But in the end, a lot of open source won't be converted. Don't get me wrong, that software won't shrivel up and die, but it also won't be involved in what is clearly going to be the main event for developers: multi-tenant applications."

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