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Open Source Strikes Back: K8ssandra and the Cloud

We’ve been hearing how the big clouds will be the end of Open Source for years. News of that demise may be a bit premature. There are some new trends that put Open Source back in the disruptive seat. By way of an example, I’ll use my first-hand involvement with the K8ssandra project and show how Kubernetes is changing the economics of Open Source Software yet again. 

If you are new to Open Source and thought it was just about running free software on your laptop, let me open the door to a lot more possibilities and share the keys to success of OSS and the clouds:

  • Take portability and standards as first class
  • Avoid cloud-specific services
  • Support OSS companies avoiding the lock
  • Deploy data centers, not servers


Patrick McFadin

Developer Relations at DataStax

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