Tuesday, July 20, 2010


The interwebs are abuzz with news of OpenStack - an open source cloud stack initiative incorporating NASA's Nebula, Rackspace code, and the work of many others.

Here are three helpful links if you want to learn more:

GigaOM: http://gigaom.com/2010/07/19/why-openstack-matters-cloud-insiders-weigh-in/

TechCrunch: http://techcrunch.com/2010/07/18/openstack-org-rackspace-open-sources-their-cloud-services-platform-and-gets-nasa-on-board/

ZDNet: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/open-source/nasa-gives-openstack-instant-credibility/6878

My take:   The "Cloud" continues as an area of rapid, relentless innovation.  The cloud market is exploding with new approaches, technologies, architectures, etc...   A credible open source effort to develop open technologies for enterprise and government cloud deployments will help foster competition and fight vendor lock-in for this market.   Innovation is occurring too rapidly for standards efforts to make sense yet, but open work will lead to good results in interoperability as well.

update: this article discusses NASA's decision to drop Eucalyptus from Nebula.  it provides an interesting insight about commercializing open source.  (and, en passant, a discussion of Eucalyptus  scalability). see: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/07/20/why_nasa_is_dropping_eucalyptus_from_its_nebula_cloud/

update 2: more from Andy  Oram at O'Reilly Community: http://broadcast.oreilly.com/2010/07/openstack-offered-as-rackspace.html

update 3: Fred Trotter note the applicability of Open Stack to HealthCare IT:

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