Changes in Enterprise Computing Bring New Members to Linux Foundation

Eucalyptus Systems, Nebula and Virtual Bridges look to Linux to enable innovation in the new enterprise

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., October 5, 2011 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced that three new members have joined the organization: Eucalyptus Systems, Nebula and Virtual Bridges.

Enterprise IT is undergoing a massive transformation as data explodes in volume and social technologies make their way into the business environment. As a result, data center, cloud computing and virtualization technologies are being pushed to the edge to help support this evolution. Companies that provide this infrastructure are depending more than ever on Linux and open source software to provide the foundation for innovating within this new environment.

Today’s new members are joining The Linux Foundation to collaborate on advancing Linux in the enterprise and to maximize their investments in the platform.

Eucalyptus Systems offers a software platform for on-premise infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) clouds. More than 25,000 Eucalyptus clouds, which are uniquely suited for hybrid models, have been started around the globe.

"Open source has gone from disrupting the old to innovating the new -- and Linux and open source hypervisors form the main building blocks of the cloud," said Marten Mickos, CEO of Eucalyptus Systems. "As pioneers of infrastructure-as-a-service software, Eucalyptus' membership in The Linux Foundation will keep us close to technology development that is vital for the advancement of new innovations in cloud computing."

Nebula is developing a Linux-based hardware appliance that will allow all businesses to easily, securely and inexpensively deploy large private cloud computing infrastructures.

“Nebula is proud to join The Linux Foundation,” said Chris C. Kemp, CEO of Nebula. “We are dedicated to contributing to open source and open standards, and see The Linux Foundation as the de-facto standard and champion of these principles. As operating systems continue to mature, it is Nebula's goal to ensure that Linux remains the best OS for cloud computing by contributing code and thought leadership in the Linux and cloud ecosystems.”

Virtual Bridges provide a second generation Virtual Desktop Infrastructure solution that reduces complexities in virtual computing, simplifies desktop management and improves security.

“The Linux Foundation provides a neutral forum in which the next-generation enterprise can be realized,” said Jim Curtin, CEO of Virtual Bridges. “We are looking forward to collaborating on maximizing Linux’s role within this new environment.”

“Eucalyptus Systems, Nebula and Virtual Bridges are important additions to The Linux Foundation membership,” said Amanda McPherson, vice president of marketing and developer programs at The Linux Foundation. “The enterprise IT environment is growing more complex and Linux is helping users and vendors innovate within it. We are excited to collaborate with these companies to advance that work.” 


About The Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux. Founded in 2000, the organization sponsors the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and promotes, protects and advances the Linux operating system by marshaling the resources of its members and the open source development community. The Linux Foundation provides a neutral forum for collaboration and education by hosting Linux conferences, including LinuxCon, and generating original Linux research and content that advances the understanding of the Linux platform. Its web properties, including Linux.com, reach approximately two million people per month and include important Linux video resources. The organization also provides extensive Linux training opportunities that feature the Linux kernel community’s leading experts as instructors. Follow The Linux Foundation on Twitter.

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