The Solandra incident actually underscores the tradeoffs that come when you use free open-source software and don’t reach for the checkbook at any sign of trouble. “You pay for [open-source projects] late at night, you pay for them by learning to run them, you pay for them by reading people’s source code who even if you could read it, it still doesn’t make any sense,” Jacob said. But those things can be overcome if you’re willing to put in the time.
And at a company the size of Disney, those problems — and whole lot more — have to be overcome. For example, Jacob explained, you can fudge your way around things like fault tolerance, high availability and security when you’re standing up a deployment, but you do have figure out a way to achieve those things eventually.„