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Top Open Cloud Stories This Week

Open cloud news this week brought with it some new competition, some reflection on existing competitors and some unexpected cooperation.  I've also thrown in a short counter perspective on the issue of portability -- is it a myth? 
 
What did you think was this week's top open cloud story? Please tell me in the comments, below. I'd love to hear from you. Your feedback will help me refine this list and and make it more useful to the community. Thanks!
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First the competition:
 
Open source cloud toolkit funded by EU Optimis project to arrive in June, ComputerWorld UK
Funded by the European Union to make Europe more “cloud friendly,” the Optmis project is gaining steam. The European OpenStack equivalent is also getting some pressure to partner with OpenStack.

Red Hat debuts OpenShift Origin project, takes swipe at VMware's Cloud Foundry, ZDNet

The Origin project will serve as the upstream for code and improvements to OpenShift, Red Hat’s PaaS, which today runs on Amazon Web Services cloud and competes against VMware’s open source Cloud Foundry.

Marten Mickos: For Eucalyptus open cloud is more than open code, TechWorld
Mickos compares cloud storage to depositing money in the bank. All depositors should have free and open access to their stored data. He also comments on Eucalyptus’ partnership with Amazon to support Amazon Web Services’ API, saying it gives his company a competitive advantage over OpenStack, which doesn’t have a similar deal with Amazon.
 
Cooperation (or just less competition):
 
Thanks to Piston, OpenStack gets an unlikely ally in VMware, GigaOM
Piston Cloud wants to bring together the Cloud Foundry PaaS with the OpenStack IaaS. Wasn’t OpenStack in part a play against VMWare, as well as Amazon Web Services?
 
Open Compute one year later. Bigger, badder and less disruptive than we thought, GigaOm
With the growth of Facebook’s Open Compute open hardware project and OpenStack it’s possible to build an entirely open hardware infrastructure layer and companies are demanding more flexibility. The big data ecosystem has adjusted, with companies like Dell and HP offering new server and storage designs compatible with Open Rack.
 
A different perspective:

Two Cloud Myths Busted: Lock-In and Locked Up, PCWorld
Portability is a favorite mantra of open cloud supporters. But is portability a myth? This commentary says profitability and intellectual property values will always trump portability.
 

Quotes From The Linux Foundation Enterprise End User Summit

For the past two days, we've held our annual Enterprise End User Summit at the New York Stock Exchange. Besides the fun of ringing the bell during our evening reception, it's been an incredibly valuable event, fueling collaboration between kernel maintainers and enterprise end users who are pushing Linux to its edge.   Here are highlights: “We’re not going to use our APIs to lock people out. Trust and security are at the heart of everything we do.” Stanley Young, CEO of NYSE Technologies “if there is one community who has embraced collaboration and openness,...

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In Pictures: Linux Foundation Enterprise End User Summit

The Linux Foundation's Enterprise End User Summit kicked off yesterday in New York. The event this year is hosted at the NYSE Technologies' offices. It brings together Linux kernel developers and the world's largest users of Linux to collaborate face-to-face. The evening party was held on the trading floor of the NYSE, and we have some pictures available now that take you inside the event.

 

Open Source Cloud Roundup: Top Stories of the Week

Not to over-inflate the horse race nature of the cloud computing space right now, but this is an exciting time to watch the action as open source projects seek to compete with giants such as Amazon and the telcos. This week's Open Cloud Roundup of top stories illustrates just how much the industry is heating up this year, with The Linux Foundation's announcement of a new CloudOpen conference and OpenStack's recent accumulation of big-name partners. The week also turned up an interesting "how-to" and a product launch for building your own private cloud with Debian.
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Linux Foundation To Host Open Source Cloud Conference “CloudOpen”, TechCrunch
Of course, this was the top news of the week for us! As Linux Foundation VP Amanda McPherson stated in her blog post about the announcement this week: "The cloud and the open source technologies that comprise it are now reaching the point of maturity that this collaboration can truly benefit users." 

Top 10 Cloud Computing Providers of 2012, TechTarget
TechTarget’s list of top 10 cloud providers this year includes three open source projects, with one (care to take a guess?) taking second place. That’s compared with just one OS project on the list last year, a sign that open source is heating up in the cloud space. The list is also missing some noteable drop-offs from last year including IBM and Google.

OpenStack Optimism Overrides Confusion, Wired
Large companies are clamoring to participate in the project, but it’s still undefined. And many are asking who will be the Red Hat of the cloud? Hint: stay tuned for an interview here on Linux.com next week with a company that wants to answer this question.

Oracle And OpenStack: A Tale Of Two Completely Opposite Strategies, Forrester
This analysis from Forrester contrasts Rackspace and Oracle’s analyst conferences last week and highlights the difference in approaches between open source and proprietary projects. Who will win?

Deploy Your Own "Cloud" with Debian "Wheezy", Debian-news list
The open source project this week announced the availability of several new technologies that would ease the deployment of Debian-based clouds. Starting with the forthcoming release of Debian 7.0 "Wheezy", users will find ready-to-use packages for OpenStack® and Xen Cloud Platform (XCP).

Tutorial: Build a Private Cloud in Twenty Minutes, Sys-Con Media
Using OpenStack, set up devstack on a single server.

 

 

Introducing CloudOpen: Why Now and Why The Linux Foundation?

I am pleased to announce CloudOpen, our new conference celebrating and exploring the open source projects, technologies and companies who make up the cloud. CloudOpen will bring together the open source projects, products and companies that are driving the cloud and big data ecosystems today and present best practices from the world of traditional open source.

You may be asking yourself, "Why another cloud event?" There are certainly no shortage of them, which isn't surprising given the nascent stage of an important new market segment. But  there was nothing that I felt focused on the open source technologies and the open source way behind the cloud.

This event began when developers from various cloud-related projects came to me and said, "We should probably be talking to each other." The Linux Foundation's role in the industry is to facilitate collaboration amongst developers, projects, companies and users. The cloud and the open source technologies that comprise it are now reaching the point of maturity that this collaboration can truly benefit users. Cloud infrastructure choice is also reaching the point of proliferation that users need to have a place to educate themselves on "open" as it relates to the cloud. And this isn't just at a source level: the conversation must include data policies, APIs and so on. The Linux Foundation can provide the neutral forum and the platform for this conversation on open to take place. 

I feel truly blessed to have assembled many leaders of cloud computing for the program committee:

  • Greg DeKoenigsberg, vice president of community, Eucalyptus Systems
  • Mark Hinkle, director of cloud computing community, Citrix
  • Gerrit Huzienga, cloud architect, IBM
  • Amanda McPherson, vice president of marketing and developer services, The Linux Foundation
  • Stefano Maffulli, community manager, OpenStack
  • Stephen Spector, cloud evangelist, Dell
  • John Mark Walker, director of communities, Red Hat

These indivuals represent the right technologies and also have the right background in open source to create a truly useful event. Expect content on cloud platforms, virtualization projects, storage, devops best practices and more. There will also be collaborative meetings between open cloud projects. 

I want to thank the platinum sponsors of CloudOpen who are supporting this work: Canonical, HP, IBM, Intel. The Linux Foundation is a non-profit who needs the support of companies to make collaboration possible. And in an event landscape where prices continue to climb, we try to make our events affordable for a broad group of people. These sponsors help us to do that. 

The CFP deadline is June 1 so please submit a talk if you would like to participate. Early bird registration ends on April 29th so please register. This year one registration gets you into both LinuxCon and CloudOpen. San Diego is truly shaping up to be an unforgettable gathering of the leaders behind open source. LinuxCon, CloudOpen, the Xen Summit, the Linux Kernel Summit, The Linux Plumbers Conference and more will all be there during the week. We hope you'll join us. 

 

 
 
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