Author: Matt Asay

Thoughtworks weighs in on multicloud

Multicloud simply won’t go away. AWS spent years trying to avoid it, with persistent messaging that multicloud was more exception than rule. Former CEO Andy Jassy was fond of saying, “The vast majority don’t end up choosing to be multicloud. They pr…

More money for open source security won’t work

Here’s the good news. According to the Open Source Security Foundation (OpenSSF), it will cost less than $150 million to secure open source software. More good news, industry giants Amazon, Intel, Google, and Microsoft have already pledged $30 milli…

Doing data warehousing the wrong way

It’s felt obvious for some time that, as an industry, we’ve been trying to shove square data warehousing tools into round, data-driven application holes. But it wasn’t until I read Decodeable CEO Eric Sammer’s excellent post “We’re Abusing the Data …

The new AWS: No more dumpster fires

We used to be able to count on a steady blaze of open source dumpster fires raging in the corner of downtown Seattle where AWS is headquartered. But not recently. There’s been a curious lack of drama for the company once castigated for “strip mining…

The emerging risks of open source

Remember when open source was all about peace, love, and Linux? When the movement was small but impassioned and fought over GPL versus BSD/Apache, free software versus open source? When seeing Linux or other open source software running in the wild …

The steady march of general-purpose databases

Late last year RedMonk analyst Steven O’Grady wrote a post titled “A Return to the General Purpose Database.” The idea was that the market, seeking something beyond “vanilla” relational databases, had yielded all sorts of specialized NoSQL and other…

So you want to change cloud providers

I should know better than to look to the Hacker News crowd for wisdom. Recently someone on HN asked an interesting question: “Have you ever switched clouds?” Being HN, the responses weren’t nearly as interesting. In fact, relatively few people respo…

Unfettered developer freedom may be over

Ah, the halcyon days of developers as kingmakers, of developers calling all the shots, of developers turning to open source and cloud to route around barriers to productivity (like Legal! Purchasing! Security! Operations!).Of course, those days neve…

Think you can out-cloud the cloud?

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is fond of saying that “all companies are software companies,” and we all like to hum along to Andreessen’s familiar anthem that “software is eating the world,” but what exactly does this mean? In real life, that is, and …

One significant cost of multicloud

Your CEO may have proclaimed your company is “all in” on cloud provider X at its recent event, but don’t be fooled. Your organization is irredeemably multicloud. How do I know? Because every enterprise of even moderate size is multicloud by accident…

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