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Marten Mickos says the cloud won't kill open source

Jun 17, 2010, 18:46 (0 Talkback[s])
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"'Cloud computing is the biggest shift in IT that we will ever see. It will permeate everything,' he says. 'We see it already fueling the mobile Internet. It affects how hardware is designed and it is disrupting some old players. I wanted to join it --I like to be involved in a big shift.' Mickos (pictured right) says he approached Eucalyptus and asked to be a part of the company. He didn't want to move into cloud computing while abandoning his open source roots.

"Eucalyptus is among the most mature vendors to straddle between the open source and cloud worlds. Eucalyptus was originally developed as an open source project as part of an NSF-funded academic research project at the University of California, Santa Barbara. It is built on Linux. The company is known for its partnership with Canonical and inclusion in Ubuntu's server edition. (Aside: Ubuntu also supports KVM and libvirt for virtualization.)

"But let me backtrack. After all the progress that open source has made to win the minds of business users, cloud services can wipe that right out. The cloud delivers software as a service, making the source code irrelevant for the end user and, maybe, for the IT professional, too."

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