enterprise + cloud + open

Last December, I gave a brief presentation at the first CloudStack Collaboration Conference on the open source cloud stuff in the enterprise.

Some salient points:

  • Things that work trump things that don't
  • Picking a winner is more important than picking the winner
  • Speed and cost matter more than open or closed
  • There are (and will be) private "clouds"
  • There are (and will be) "hybrid" clouds
  • Tech is easy, people and process are hard
  • "Openness" can be measured, if you care to
  • "Open" has been turned into a feature and marketing term
  • Open doesn't save you from lock-in or vendors
  • Open doesn't automagically solve portability and interoperability challenges
  • Any,  some, maybe all, parts of a given cloud can be open