Who Gets to Decide How the Cloud Works?

A battle to set the model for cloud infrastructure is raging, according to Jim Whitehurst, president and CEO of Red Hat. “We’re at a fork in the road,” Whitehurst told a packed room of more than 200 people at the Open Source Business Conference Monday. “Now is the time that we’re going to choose the dominant model for this next paradigm of computing.” The battle lines have been drawn between large users of open source systems and software such as Facebook and Google on the one hand, and huge legacy vendors with proprietary systems on the other, Whitehurst said.

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