When To Use Open Source in the Enterprise -- And When To Avoid It
Aug 03, 2010, 14:48 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Deborah Gage)
"The recent collaboration between Rackspace and NASA on the open
source cloud called OpenStack marks a turning point for open source
software projects, which creative IT people have hidden away from
their bosses for years.
"RackSpace, a Web hosting provider, and NASA, the nation's space
agency -- which has been developing a scalable, secure cloud for
its scientists -- agreed to donate their code to a non-profit, and
27 companies (mostly technology vendors) signed up to
"For RackSpace, OpenStack is a chance to avoid getting locked in
to some other vendor's cloud software and to focus on what it does
best -- managing data centers, the company says. NASA, which has
been under pressure from the government to cut its costs, gets
access to new outside technology for free."