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50 Open Source Apps You Can Use in the Cloud

Nov 24, 2010, 00:04 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Cynthia Harvey)


Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers

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"The cloud computing boom has brought a surge of opportunity to the open source world. Open source developers and users are taking advantage of these opportunities in three key ways.

"First, many open source applications are now available on a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) basis. For open source project owners, hosting apps in the cloud offers a new revenue stream. And for users, it means access to excellent programs and support without the need to maintain their own hardware or hire additional support personnel.

"Also, because these apps are accessed via a browser, they're generally multi-platform and enable more workforce mobility—not to mention that they usually costs less than proprietary alternatives.

"Other open source projects aren't available on an SaaS basis, but their project owners have taken the steps necessary to make them easy to use in the cloud. By making pre-configured images available through Amazon Web Services or other public clouds, these developers are finding a wider audience. And users benefit from easy-to-deploy solutions that offer the other advantages of cloud computing as well."

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