Understanding the Open Cloud
The open cloud, like Linux, is fueling dramatic enterprise innovation and growth, which in turn is spurring a worldwide transformation of the technology landscape.
The flurry of innovation is resulting in a variety of different open cloud technologies across a very tall stack of software, which can easily lead to confusion. This paper profiles some of the open source cloud projects at each level of the stack to provide a snapshot of their status and to help customers understand how they might leverage the projects to build, provision and maintain their own open cloud.
This paper is not intended to be a comprehensive survey of all potentially related projects; rather, it is a starting point from which users can begin to assess the building blocks for an open cloud. We expect to update the paper each year and welcome the community’s input.