Why Open Source Should Be the First Choice for Cloud-Native Environments


Let’s take a trip back in time to the 1990s, when proprietary software reigned, but open source was starting to come into its own. What caused this switch, and more importantly, what can we learn from it today as we shift into cloud-native environments?

An infrastructure history lesson

I’ll begin with a highly opinionated, open source view of infrastructure’s history over the past 30 years. In the 1990s, Linux was merely a blip on most organizations’ radar, if they knew anything about it. You had early buy-in from companies that quickly saw the benefits of Linux, mostly as a cheap replacement for proprietary Unix, but the standard way of deploying a server was with a proprietary form of Unix or—increasingly—by using Microsoft Windows NT.

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