Open RAN and HashiCorp are making us rethink openness

May 23, 2024


Open technology appeals to enterprises that want to avoid vendor lock-in. But to deliver real value, open-model technologies need to do more.

While some enterprises looking at private 5G have followed 5G’s Open RAN development as part of their assessment or deployment plans, most tell me the technology is for network operators, and they pay it little mind. The announcement that IBM is buying HashiCorp stirred a lot more enterprise interest. As it turns out, both are linked to issues with the very concept of open technology that most enterprises depend upon.

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