Earlier this week, cloud provider Joyent did a surprising thing: It shared its finely tuned cloud software, SmartDataCenter, under an open-source license.
But while it might seem like the company is giving away its high-value intellectual property at a time when Amazon, Google, and Microsoft have made the public cloud market ultra-competitive, Bryan Cantrill, the company’s chief technology officer, actually has some very smart justifications for the move, which he spelled out in a blog post.
The way Cantrill sees it, disclosing core technology to the public can have a direct impact on three key things: sales, marketing, and talent. And because every technology company deals with those business functions, the argument really is worth paying attention to.
Here he is explaining Joyent’s decision to open-source its SmartDataCenter software, as well as the software behind Joyent’s Manta cloud service for object storage:
But the benefits don’t end there.
By putting SmartDataCenter and Manta out in the wild, Joyent can come across excellent engineers, some of whom they might one day hire. Cantrill again:
The question is how much freshly funded Joyent’s business will thrive as a result of this week’s move.Get more stories like this on Twitter & Facebook
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Bryan Cantrill is the SVP of Engineering at Joyent, where he oversees worldwide development of the SmartOS and SmartDataCenter platforms, and the Node.js platform. Prior to joining Joyent, B... All Bryan Cantrill news »Track Bryan Cantrill's Landscape to stay on top of the industry. Access the entire ecosystem, track innovation & deals. Learn more.