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By Zachary Smith


These days the Marc Andreessen “software is eating the world” maxim seems universally accepted — or at least it is popular enough that if a tech person mentions it at a cocktail party, most people nod their head in agreement (even if they know nothing about software) and the tech people all groan.

It’s widely understood that in our Internet-enabled world, technology equals software, even though the reality is more nuanced. And even the cloud, the grand enabler of the latest software wave, is itself being eaten alive by the software movement it has spawned, with “cloud native” ecosystems such as Docker and Kubernetes devouring the value out of verticalized cloud providers and offering a portable software experience across any infrastructure substrate, spanning architectures, providers and form factors.

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