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6 (More) Signs the Open Source Cloud Is Gaining Ground

There seems to be no end in sight to the uncertainty and debate over what, exactly, constitutes an open source cloud. What's far more clear, however, is that the concept is rapidly gaining ground. Here are just a few pieces of evidence from the past few weeks that suggest the open cloud is on the rise.

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Piston Ships Enterprise OpenStack 2.0, Focused on Easy Deployment

Very steadily, Piston Cloud has gained a reputation as a company with some smart strategies surrounding the OpenStack open cloud computing platform and how it can serve enterprises. In February, the company also announced that it had raised $8 million in Series B financing follows a $4.5 million Series A round in July, 2011. This week, the company has delivered its "turnkey" Enterprise OpenStack 2.0 distribution, which looks like a relatively easy way to start dabbling with an OpenStack cloud deployment.  Piston is specifically targeting enterprises that want to "end dependency" on Amazon Web Services (AWS) for cloud needs. According to the announcement of  Enterprise OpenStack 2.0: "Our turnkey OpenStack software allows organizations to take full advantage of OpenStack without the administrative complexity, so they can focus on building and deploying applications instead of on their infrastructure,” said Jim Morrisroe, CEO of Piston Cloud. “Piston Enterprise OpenStack 2.0...

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Apache CloudStack Weekly News - 8 April 2013

The Apache CloudStack community has been heads-down for the last week working out the remaining bugs for the 4.1.0 release. Chatter on the dev@ mailing list has been a little muted, comparatively, but there's still plenty of interest in this week's roundup of major discussions and CloudStack community activity. This week, we look at the outstanding issues for 4.1.0, a discussion about allowing multiple API names for the same API Cmd object, how to deal with tests that expect no database, and how ticket assignment should work. 

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Google Compute Engine Expands, Features Lower Pricing

At the Google I/O conference last year, company officials announced a big next step for the company--the public availability of the Google Compute Engine public cloud service (following much beta testing). Compute Engine placed the company in direct competition with Amazon Web Services (AWS), and represented a strong step into the Infrastructure-as-a-Service space. In recent months, many third parties have popped up with services surrounding the platform. Now, after nine months since Compute Engine was announced, Google Compute Engine has become available to all customers who sign up for Google's Gold Support package, which starts at $400 a month. 

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Video: Nebula One Brings the Cloud to You

In this video, Nebula CEO Chris Kemp discusses his new product called the Nebula One and the future of cloud computing with Cory Johnson on Bloomberg Television. Kemp was formerly the CTO of NASA IT. Nebula One brings the cloud to you, under your control, behind your firewall. It is...

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