Open source and cloud computing – a match made in heaven?

Next Wednesday The 451 Group will be taking part in Red Hat’s Open Source Cloud Computing Forum, the line-up for which has been finalized this week.

Starting at 9.30am ET the event is designed to is to foster discussion across a broad range of technical topics related to cloud computing, including: virtualization, security, management, open standards, hybrid public-private clouds, and data formats.

We are pleased to be able to take part in the event, presenting an independent overview of the confluence of open source and cloud computing. The overview of our session is as follows:

    Open source software has been a fundamental building block for cloud computing, enabling cloud platform providers to quickly and cheaply assemble the infrastructure required to provide cloud computing services. The 451 Group examines the key open source projects and vendors that are enabling cloud computing, as well as how the principles of open source software are being extended to cover open APIs and open data formats that reduce the dangers of lock-in.

The rest of the day includes presentations from Red Hat on core cloud services, Cobbler, Condor, KVM, Libvert and Thincrust, as well as representatives from Eucalyptus, Cloudera, Compiere and Zmanda.

It promises to be an interesting day. More details are available here, while you can register for the event itself here.

In the meantime, we’ve got a fair idea of how we see open source and cloud computing coming together, but if you have any thoughts, we always welcome feedback.

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#6 Dorian on 07.20.09 at 8:43 pm

Cloud Computing is already a great way for businesses to cut cost, so open source is a great double-whammy, but with all the concern about security in the cloud, it will be a wonder how open source fairs.