Originally posted to Data Center Frontier by Voices of the Industry.

In this edition of Voices of the Industry, Kirk Offel, Executive Vice President of Platform Delivery at Aligned Energy, explores the open source strategies and the importance of vendors’ participation in data center design, build, and operation and the power of the ecosystem to reduce cost, increase speed, and make the data center more adaptive.

In its early days, Microsoft’s then-CEO Steve Ballmer frequently was critical of open source software. Ballmer questioned whether its development did any more than clone commercial software. Was it for real? Was it a fad? Did it put businesses at risk?

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