On Multi-Cloud Tradeoffs and the Paradox of Openness

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In any technology adoption decision organisations are faced with a balancing act between openness and convenience. Open standards and open source, while in theory driving commoditization and lower cost, also create associated management overheads. Choice comes at a cost. Managing heterogeneous networks is generally more complicated, and therefore resource intensive, than managing homogenous ones, which explains why in every tech wave the best packager wins and wins big – they make decisions on behalf of the user which serve to increase convenience and manageability at the individual or organisational level.

One of the key reasons that Web Scale companies can do what they do, managing huge networks at scale, is aggressive control of hardware, software, networks and system images …

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