CloudStack and OpenStack Compete for the Cloud

April 15, 2012

We need an “open” scorecard that goes beyond this blog and OpenSearchNews, our coverage of open source search systems, and TheTrendPoint, our information service about open source analytics.

ComputerWorld recently reported on an innovative new open source cloud project that IBM and Red Hat have recently joined, in the article, “Report: IMB, Red Hat to Join OpenStack.”

According to the article, the project known as OpenStack was started two years ago by Rackspace and NASA and has since grown to include more than 150 companies and almost two thousands developers. Other backers include: HP, Dell and Internap.

OpenStack is a global collaboration of developers and cloud computing technologists producing an open source cloud computing platform for public and private clouds.The project aims to deliver solutions for all types of clouds by being simple to implement, massively scalable, and feature rich. The technology consists of a series of interrelated projects delivering various components for a cloud infrastructure solution.

As with most projects of this sort, OpenStack already has some well backed competition. The article states:

Citrix this week announced it would create a competitor to OpenStack by giving its CloudStack platform a license from the Apache Software Foundation. Meanwhile, OpenStack celebrated a milestone on Thursday related to the fifth release of its software, code named Essex.”

This is definitely some interesting open source maneuvering. We’re interested to see the solutions that CloudStack and OpenStack come out with. As important, what does open mean?

Jasmine Ashton, April 15, 2012

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