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Microsoft: Cloud need only be open surface, not open source

Jul 28, 2011, 16:03 (4 Talkback[s])
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"At Oscon 2011, Gianugo Rabellino, Senior Director for Open Source Communities at Microsoft, said as long as the APIs, protocols and standards for the cloud are open, that is, open surface, customers don't care about the underlying platform.

"So, it does not matter that the cloud is built primarily on open source technologies, notably Linux?

"'Am I saying that openness doesn't matter in the cloud? No, openness is extremely important [but] I argue that in the cloud the source code is the Terms of Use and the SLA," Rabellino said, referring to service-level agreements.'"

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