More People Advocating for Open Source Cloud Services


Open-source software has become a hot topic in the cloud services community, so much so that the Linux Foundation hosted the first-ever CloudOpen 2012 from August 29 to August 31 in San Diego, Calif. The conference was dedicated to promoting an “open” cloud, where users can freely access, exchange and redistribute online databases and software.

Recently, the organization also released the results of a survey that demonstrated the overwhelmingly positive sentiment surrounding the idea of open-source software.

According to the poll, circulated among 282 people who work at companies with 500-plus employees, 94 percent responded that “collaboration and a vibrant open-source ecosystem are important for cloud adoption.”

Meanwhile, 72 percent of businesses said that, when choosing a cloud service provider, open-source database software is one of the key factors.

In a blog post for CIO, Rick Blaisdell, the chief technology officer at ConnectEDU, said he thinks open sourcing is preferred because of its “stability, scalability and reliability.”

Blaisdell pointed out the success of OpenStack, a project described by its website as a “global collaboration of developers and cloud computing technologists.” In just over two years, the organization has already reached 190 members.

Among the benefits of open sourcing, Blaisdell listed the accessibility of the software from anywhere in the world and the “low barriers” for new users.

Twitter is among the most notable cloud computing services to use open source almost exclusively. In order to join Twitter, a person is required to agree to the the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License, making them “free to use, modify and distribute any documentation, source code or examples within our open source projects” with hardly any restrictions.