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March 27, 2012, 2:54 PM — Open source cloud offerings have specific characteristics that provide benefits above and beyond proprietary offerings, two top officials at Red Hat said during a webinar today....

But Haff and CIO Lee Congdon said true open projects have a number of characteristics that users should look for. For example, open clouds are fundamentally based on an open source code developed and supported by a viable independent community that is not run by a single vendor. Open clouds are unencumbered by patents and intellectual property restrictions, which means they have extensible and open application program interfaces (APIs) that are shared within the community, gives users the ability to move across various cloud environments easily.

These characteristics create a series of benefits that Congdon said make open clouds superior to proprietary offerings. "The power of open source is about being able to have collaboration, the sharing of resources and rolling back out into the community," Congdon said. In open source projects, there are "multiple ways to solve a problem," which gives users the freedom and flexibility to scale their systems and quickly adapt to enterprise needs, all while running on legacy hardware systems.

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Looks like open source is going to completely dominate the server & business world in the future, because of API, that's music to my ears, really...
Edited by _GTech - 3/27/12 at 4:10pm
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