Or how to avoid being locked-in the cloud
The cloud concept was started by Amazon and Google, but is the dominance of the proprietary clouds Amazon Web Services, Google App Engine and Windows Azure threatened by the upcoming wave of support for open cloud implementations? HP announced recently that it’s public cloud (in private beta for last 4 months, end of 2012 estimated launch) will be based on OpenStack & CloudFoundry, emphasizing that with this choice they’re avoiding to push any vendor lock-in. Quite a shift from the one year ago announcement in which HP was stating that it’s cloud will be based on Windows Azure. Are Amazon, Google and Microsoft starting to loose ground?
One thing was clear at the Cloud Connect event in Santa Clara: OpenStack (open source cloud operating system or the so called “Linux ” of cloud OS’s) is on the wave and the days of the open clouds are coming. With already more then 120 companies (incl Dell, Cisco, NASA, Intel, .. ) backing the open source cloud environment and huge open source developing community, OpenStack is driven with high speed towards the massive adoption of big companies that would like to avoid the cloud vendor lock-in of Amazon, Google, Microsoft. There were also the other cloud operating system runner-ups at the Cloud Connect event: RedHat, VMWare VCloud Director, Citrix CloudStack – but somehow the ultimate battle seem to be between the “quasi” open VMWare vCloud and the open source OpenStack. Surveys done end of 2011 indicated that both of them have similar chances of being chosen by governments and enterprises, while OpenStack seems to be the clear choice and gaining good grounds with Service Providers.
Next: “The Rise of the Open Cloud (part 2/2)” – OpenStack & VMWare Vcloud
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