As an introduction to the topic of open source cloud computing I thought I would put out some common reasons for why open source matters in cloud computing:

  • Customers want greater cloud choice/flexibility without vendor lock-in
  • Establish global, public/open cloud standards
  • (Initial) pricing is lower with no licensing fees
  • Open source provides cloud operators the ability to customize the solution to meet their existing customers’ needs while also having the ability to push the code back into the main project
  • Hypervisor flexibility – leverage existing investments in technology while expanding the opportunity to leverage new and possibly open solutions

Here are some additional reference materials that you might find interesting if you are looking for more details on this topic:

I will be adding a few more posts in the Solutions Sections on various Open Source Cloud Computing Solutions. Feel free to comment or discuss.