Intel, Technology Buyers Talk of Freedom in the Cloud
It’s hard to find a technology vendor who isn’t vociferously supporting the craze known as cloud computing. But some customers seem to be worried about the pace of progress, judging by comments from Intel and a large group of technology buyers.
The Open Data Center Alliance, whose formation was announced at a news conference Wednesday in San Francisco, seems partly inspired by the fear known as vendor lock-in. That’s an age-old concern in the computer industry, typified by companies that have a hard time moving away from products like IBM mainframes, Microsoft Windows or Oracle databases.
Wasn’t cloud computing supposed to end all that? The phrase, though it tends to mean different things to different people, seems above all to be about businesses exploiting the open technologies that built the Internet.