“Rather than a threat, we see the notion of open source ‘strip-mining’ by large cloud vendors [where the big vendors come in and ‘tap a seam’ of open source gold and mine that for wider smelting and crafting] as an opportunity,” writes Williams.

Why? Because organizations want variety. They want access to vendor ecosystems, but they know that no single organization can live in just one ecosystem. The more those ecosystems integrate with each other, the bigger the benefits.

And while an open-source business model does not guarantee you success, Williams says, it allows Rancher to push for greater innovation and offer an open-source support model that makes customers want to work with us.


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