Wednesday, February 18, 2009

WSO2 Carbon :: Hummer, Prius or Smartcar?

Samisa, WSO2's Director of Engineering, sparked an interesting internal debate with an analogy he used in Give up your SUV, and SUV like Middleware, which compared the new WSO2 Carbon Platform to a Smart Car in contrast to fuel guzzlers from other vendors (read Hummer). What he meant to point was the economies of scale. However, unintentionally he also implied that Carbon has all the other characteristics of Smart Cars that prevents wide adoption.
Needless to say, the car enthusiast in me just wouldn't play along. Apparently neither was Chintana's. So we all agreed that in reality, WSO2 Carbon isn't a Smart Car either. So what is it?

Imagine having the speed and agility of a Bugatti Veyron (SUVs are for Soccer moms, 'nuff said) with the economy of a Smart Car. Unrealistic in terms of Cars, yet very realistic in the world of Software. You can have a solution with significantly lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) with high Return on Investment (ROI), especially when it gives you the freedom of Open Source. So that's the conclusion we finally arrived at. WSO2 Carbon is just that!