The open source cloud made waves in the news this week with the results of a RightScale study that claims widespread adoption among enterprises of open source cloud computing services. VMWare and IBM showed their agreement by announcing plans to expand their open source cloud investments. These positive stories offset the shocker that NASA has abandoned OpenStack entirely for Amazon Web Services.
A new RightScale study claims that 64 percent of enterprise respondents are planning to use one of three open source cloud projects - OpenStack, CloudStack or Eucalyputs - in building their private clouds. The article points out, however, that private clouds are just one option for the enterprise and that many companies turn to hybrid or public solutions as well.
Even VMWare is jumping onto the open source cloud bandwagon with the announcement this week of its new Serengeti project. The project aims to virtualize Hadoop in order to provide rapid - under 10-minutes - deployment of Hadoop clusters.
IBM at the Cloud Leadership Forum this week reaffirmed its commitment to OpenStack with plans to start offering "higher value" services on the platform.
ZDNet reports that an unnamed consortium this month will announce plans for a Virtualization Desktop Infrastructure built with OpenStack.
Last month NASA, one of the originators of the OpenStack project, announced it was parting ways with Nebula, the startup that spun out of NASA's cloud computing research. Now it's jumped the shark entirely and is migrating to Amazon for a reported $1 million in cost savings.