Archives For May 2011

There’s been a lot of activity in the PaaS space lately. This is largely fueled by the successful exit of Heroku, and since a lot of investment tends to be made by looking in the rear-view mirror, a lot of people are turning their eyes to infrastructure and platforms. These sorts of businesses haven’t been as much in favor lately, and there’s more than a few startup “experts” who have been very critical of platforms and infrastructure. While it’s true that the business models for these have taken some time to adapt to the era of open source and the cloud, it’s silly to ignore just how much long term value and ROI has come from these types of companies. Oracle now owns MySQL, there’s a lot of ways to look at that, but I tend to view it as both companies won and won big (as did both platforms and closed source and open source, this stuff is nowhere near as mutually exclusive as the pundits would have you believe).
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