Open source history suggests vendor-backed Eucalyptus
will ultimately win out over the foundation-based Open Stack as the
open source cloud platform of choice for IT going forward. 'History
has shown that when an open source project is dealing with a
valuable layer of the software stack, that project has tended to be
controlled by a single vendor that can directly make money from the
'History also shows that when an open source project is dealing
with a commodity layer of the software stack, the project tends to
be controlled by a foundation.' The question then boils down to
whether cloud platforms are indeed a valuable layer, and thus
directly monetizable, as Red Hat proved with Linux, or are they a
commodity layer, like Apache HTTP Server or Eclipse.
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