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Director, OpenShift Strategy at Red Hat. Founder of Rishidot Research, a research community focused on services world. His focus is on Platform Services, Infrastructure and the role of Open Source in the services era. Krish has been writing @ CloudAve from its inception and had also been part of GigaOm Pro Analyst Group. The opinions expressed here are his own and are neither representative of his employer, Red Hat, nor CloudAve, nor its sponsors.

8 responses to “Handful Of Monopoly Infrastructure Players – A Shortsighted Idea”

  1. maluvia

    Your points are well made.
    I would have thought by now that with the history of IE vs Netscape and later IE vs Firefox, MS vs Yahoo, and later Google, Windows vs Mac vs Linux, etc., that it would be obvious by now that the world is too big to be run by an oligopoly of players.

    First, the inevitable price-fixing that occurs with that kind of monopolistic structure drives people to seek alternatives and stifles innovation.

    Second, people simply resent having their choices so limited – and again, seek out alternatives.

    Clearly, big corporate enterprises and governments are comfortable with, and will remain so, in their partnerships with a few ‘big players’ and don’t mind the added cost, which they can easily absorb.
    They value the massive infrastructure, and putative security these providers can offer them.

    But it’s a big, big world – growing bigger every day in terms of the participants as more and more end users who previously had little access come online and change the internet ecosystem.

    Not everyone’s needs will be served by a few monopolistic cloud service providers.
    There will be competition and innovation which will level the playing field and ensure both continuing innovation, accessibility and affordability to the global marketplace.

    Perhaps a ‘Cathedral’ for the large enterprise and governmental end users, and a ‘Bazaar’ for everyone else.
    But I’m betting on the ‘Bazaar’ as the source of the creativity and innovation which will drive progress and define exactly what this Cloud ecosystem is and will become.

  2. Krish

    Very well said Maluvia. The bazaar will eventually make the cathedral irrelevant and I am a strong believer in it.