A Networking Open Source Innovation Pipeline Can Accelerate Businesses
... To be fair, all enterprise solutions will, by default, create a lock-in as once they are deployed they are very difficult to replace. The benefit of open source is not that it removes lock-in altogether; instead of being wed to single vendor and a single technology, one is connected to a platform / API. While the open source solution may be driven by a single organization, there are a wider range of technology choices underneath.
Two large open source organizations, the Open Networking Foundation and ON.LAB are merging, signaling that they understand the business need for a more fully baked open source solution instead of just projects. The idea that “If we build it, they will come” is stepping aside, being replaced by the realization that “We can build it, but if we don’t make it easy and interoperable, they won’t come.”
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