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OSCON 2011 - Open Source Thriving in the Cloud
Cloud Computing continues to be built around open source, open standards and open hardware
Last week I attended O'Reilly Publishing's OSCON, one of the biggest open source events in the world. OSCON is one of the few places where you can get training and information from the people who develop the software you use everyday (if you are an open source software user at least).
Here are some of the things I did and saw that were interesting to the cloud computing user in me.
- One of the highlights of the conference for me was helping OpenStack celebrate their one year anniversary. Since announcing the project at last year's conference OpenStack has come a long way and CloudStack and Citrix are happy to be partnered with OpenStack project, we believe a lot of good things coming their way and we are anxious to improve our collaboration with them.
- This year as expected of most IT conferences, the folks at O'Reilly added a cloud computing track to the program. Some of our favorite sessions were conducted by Build an Open Source Cloud Day partners Puppet and Chef who gave talks on how to configure and automate cloud infrastructure.
- Also Dell released a new open source project code-named Crowbar that helps speed the deployment of OpenStack clouds. Rob Hirschfield has a nice write-up about the project and pointers to all the resources around the project (which coincidentally leverages Chef).
- One bit of cloud news that came out of the event was the launch of the Open Cloud Initiative, a effort to drive open standards in cloud computing and "....provide a legal framework within which the greater cloud computing community of users and providers can reach consensus on a set of requirements for Open Cloud, as described in the Open Cloud Principles (OCP) document, and then apply those requirements to cloud computing products and services, again by way of community consensus."
- Which makes you ask, "Is it open source or open standards or is it both?"
What was clear to me after attending the event was that open seems to be a requirement for all aspects of cloud computing: from hardware (FaceBook's Open Compute project), to software (Managing Open Source Software Releases on a Cloud Platform), to standards (Achieving Hybrid Cloud Mobility with OpenStack and XCP).
This week I am heading to Santa Clara, CA to attend the XenSummit to hear what the state-of-the-art in Xen project and I am very excited as I think Xen is one of the most under-rated open source technologies, especially given the proprietary alternatives. If you are going to attend the event look me up.