Published by CloudTweaks on August 14, 2012 at 6:07
Is The Future Of Cloud Computing Open Source? A Few Things To Consider
Companies are embracing cloud computing solutions because of their flexibility, scalability and cost-effectiveness, and those who have successfully integrated the cloud into their infrastructure have found it quite economic. They can expand and contract, and add and remove services as per requirement, giving them a lot of control over the resources being used and the funds being spent on those resources. This highly controllable environment not only cuts the costs of services, but also saves funds that are spent on the infrastructure of the company.
Replacement of Personal Computers with Personal Clouds
Cloud computing is not only becoming popular in business, but also among individual consumers. With the passage of time, personal computers are being replaced by personal clouds, and more and more companies are offering personal cloud services. People prefer to store their images, videos and documents online, both as a backup and to make them secure. Storing data on personal clouds makes it available anytime, anywhere. You just need a computing device and an Internet connection, and you can access all your photos, videos and documents.
Stability, Scalability and Reliability of Open-Source Software
Open-source software is becoming popular on an enterprise level because of its stability, scalability and reliability. Companies love to use open-source technologies because they are highly customizable, secure, reliable and accountable. With proprietary software, we are highly dependent on the software company for its development and support. But for open-source, we can find huge support from developers across the world, and we can tweak it according to our needs. Just hire a team of developers, and there you go.
Lessons Learned from Linux and Android
The Linux operating system running on Web servers is a great example of the success of open-source software. The ability of Linux to be customized has made it popular among the developer community. It is because of the openness of Linux servers that they are highly stable and scalable. Enterprise-level applications love to run on Linux servers. We can learn a similar lesson from the Android mobile operating system. When iOS was consuming the huge mobile market, no one thought that an open-source mobile operating system could snatch such a market share. These two operating systems prove that enterprises and individual consumers love transparency and openness in software.
Why the Future of Cloud Computing Is Open-Source
Just like Web and mobile space is embracing open-source technologies, cloud space will soon be embracing open-source software, too. Projects such as Openstack are playing a great role in making the cloud space open-source. Openstack is a project founded by NASA and Rackspace Cloud to develop an open-source cloud computing operating system that can run on standard hardware. This would allow anyone to deliver cloud computing services to others. Many renowned companies, such as Dell, AMD, Intel, etc., are also supporting this project. It has formed a nice community of individual developers and organizations around the world. This eagerness of the technology giants, small organizations and individual developers alike to make a massively scalable open-source cloud operating system shows that cloud space will soon be embracing open-source technologies.
By Seth Bernstein
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