CloudStack has released its first new code since becoming an Apache incubator project in April, according to top open source cloud headlines this week. Also new this week, Eucalyptus will soon have a new release to compare with its open source competitors; Microsoft needs an open cloud strategy; the open cloud is built on Linux; and Netflix releases an open source tool for monitoring AWS deployments.
This week CloudStack 4.0 released its first code since Citrix turned the project over to the Apache Foundation in April. The release brings CloudStack one step closer to graduating from incubation to a top level Apache project.
In a blog a few months ago, David Linthicum claimed that the 'open cloud' was getting awfully confusing. He's right: the early days of a technology shift are a land grab of vendors, consortia, and projects who work to lay their claim of the “best” “only” and “true” part of the technology puzzle. Confusion and obfuscation usually follows.
This week's open source cloud headlines highlight a few smaller open source projects and companies, including Blue Box and Orion. You'll also find more details on HP's cloud strategy, a new software-defined-networking feature for Rackspace cloud and an op-ed from Alfresco on the role of open source cloud in disrupting proprietary software vendors.
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