Check out my blog at ITtoolbox. Here I talk a bit about
- What our next generation data center will be like.
- I also talk about some myths that people have about open source
- And how thanks to Virtualization it really won't matter what you run!
Myth #2: Its free, I'd rather pay for what I buyCheck it out here!
No it ain't. It may be cheaper but it definitely is not free. You download the software, ou modify it and you do all sorts of things with it, BUT it remains a product that you need to get support. Just like Windows or Oracle database. In fact, Oracle is a better example, its an open source, right? The Linux versions such as Oracle VM or Enterprise Linux. You can test them and there is a long EULA which we all agree and click blindly. But you don't need the license code or anything, you can put it in your data center and nobody would notice right? WRONG! People won't notice but you'd have a huge application running on it in no time and you'd be stuck to that "free version" for the rest of your life. Or you choose to eventually buy the software support and even end up paying the license fee. Ha! Vendor lock Alarm!
Same thing for VMware, you have an evaluation version running for ESX server, would it really matter if you ran it all without the licenses. I really don't think so! No one, even a small shop would risk putting their "cracked" VI3 license file in their production. And this you wouldn't do even in Africa, India, or China. Why? Simply because no matter how small you are, you wouldn't want to risk you application on this product, you'd rather go for a full support.
Same applies to the "open source" cousin! Do you really think that running Centos, Whitebox, Ubuntu etc without licensing and regular patching is a sustainable option. no sweetheart, it isn't no where. There are however places where you can carry on for a while with this scenario, but not for long.