Closed Architectures - Cloud Computing

In contrast to open source, those who were locked into closed architectures such as DEC Alpha, a series of 64-bit RISC processors made by Digital Equipment Corp. (DEC), ultimately were forced to recode, as DEC was pushed into a merger with Compaq in 1998, and Compaq was itself acquired by HP in 2002; the underlying RISC processor was phased out. The fear of being locked in is real and well-founded.

Vendors are well-aware of the tradeoffs between locking customers into a closed architecture and losing customers who refuse to be locked in. As a result, even classically closed architectures such as Windows have become much more open, bowing to a survival instinct. A consortium of vendors is working hard to prevent lock-in in the cloud;

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