As an industry, we’ve spent decades collectively wringing our hands over Evil Vendor Lock-In. And for equally as long, we’ve happily shoveled hundreds of billions of dollars into these same vendors whose lock-in we allegedly fear: Microsoft, Oracle, and now Amazon. If it weren’t for proprietary licensing, cloud hosting, or other evil machinations, we’d live in a paradise of perfect competition and everyday low prices.
That’s complete and utter rubbish.
In a sign that our lock-in fears have reached peak paranoia, however, enterprises increasingly eschew commercial versions of popular open source software due to (you guessed it!) Evil Vendor Lock-in.