Are you content with the status quo in technology? I'm not.
Years ago, I became aware of this little known (at the time) project called "Ubuntu". Remember it?
I don't know about you, but once I discovered Ubuntu and became involved I was so excited about the future it proposed that I never looked back.
Aside from Ubuntu's "approachable by everyone" and "free forever" project DNA, one of the things that really attracted me to it was that it had the guts to take on the status quo. I believed (and I still believe) that the status quo needs a good disruption. Complacency and doing things "as they always have been" just plain hurts.
In those days, the status quo was proprietary software and well-meaning but inpenetrable (to the everyday person that just wanted to get things done) free and open source software. I'm happy that we've collectively solved the toughest parts of those problems. Sure, there are still issues to be resolved but as they say, that's mostly detail.
Fast forward to today. Now, we are faced with a hosting (or call it cloud infrastructure if you wish) hardware landscape that is nearly a perfect monopoly and is so tightly locked down that we can't solve the world's big problems.
Spotting an opportunity to create something better and to change the world, a bunch of people rallied together to create
Not surprisingly, Ubuntu joined and became a partner early on. And today, another one of the most famous disruptors has joined: Rackspace. In their words,
"In the world of servers, it’s getting harder and more costly to deliver the generational performance and efficiency gains that we used to take for granted. There are increasing limitations in both the basic materials we use, and the way we design and integrate our systems."
So here we are. Ubuntu, Rackspace, and dozens of others poised once again to disrupt.
It's going to be an interesting and fun ride. 2015 is poised to be the year that the world woke up to the true power of open.
I'm looking forward to it, and I hope you are too. Please join us!