Standards Or Openness?

Lew Moorman writing on GigaOm (warning: two weeks old post) suggests that openness is more important standards because it gives more options to consumers. 
Many suggest that standards are the key to encouraging broader adoption of cloud computing. I disagree; I think the key is openness. What’s the difference? In the standards approach, a cloud would look and work just like any other. Open clouds, on the other hand, could come in many different flavors, but they would share one essential feature: all of the services they’d offer could run outside of them.
I completely agree with his take. I also feel the same if we have to decide between openness and standards. I would love to open this up for debate and want to hear more from both practitioners and users on what they think about it. Feel free to jump in and debate.
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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.