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Cloud Lab: Open Source vs. Commercial software in the Cloud

For those unfamiliar with the concepts of Open Source software, let me offer this definition from Whatis.com : “In general, open source refers to any program whose source code is made available for use or modification as users or other developers see fit. Open source software is usually developed as a public collaboration and made freely available.”

While many people tend to think of Open Source as “Free” software, it should be understood that there are numbers of companies profiting (some quite successfully) from the commercialization and support of Open Source programs. Various distributors of Linux (RedHat for example) or Xen (think Citrix XenServer) or the SpringSource development tools (VMware) add value to the often abstrusely-documented and sparsely supported code.

A report by Standish Group states that adoption of open-source software models has resulted in savings of about $60 billion per year to consumers. (Source:Wikipedia)
Most everyone in IT is familiar with the slow but steady adoption of Linux (more or less a UNIX variant) over the past two decades. Once considered and Academic plaything, Linux has found acceptance in the most conservative of IT environments, and because it is so widely used in everything from hardware appliances to embedded systems, many are not even AWARE they are using it.

In the Corporate world of Virtualization, it is clear the VMware has gained a cadre of fiercely loyal supporters who would not even entertain the idea of using another technology. However, the Cloud is not the domain of these corporations. The largest provider today of IaaS is Amazon with its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2.) Some might even say that the APIs associated with EC2 could even be considered the “de facto” standard for deploying Cloud Computing every bit as much as VMware is the “gold” standard for Enterprise Virtualization.

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Read the rest of jklincewicz's blog post, here at Cloud Lab.

Published Monday, April 05, 2010 5:52 AM by David Marshall
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