Open Source Cloud hosting [ Infographic ]
Arguably two of the most liberating internet evolutions over recent years are Open Source and the “Cloud”. Bring them together and what do we create?…an Open Cloud of course.
Open Clouds suggest rays of sunshine to follow …but what is the reality? The infographic below (prepared by Rackspace, co-founders of the OpenStack community) makes the point that being “locked in” to your hosting/storage provider may seriously limit your future freedom and options. Across the industry there is a move towards increasing flexibility and on 1st August this year the Apache Software Foundation announced Apache Deltacloud™ v1.0 and claim that “It goes a long way towards avoiding lock-in on the cloud API level.”
Avoiding Lock In (or indeed Lock Out) is the theme of this infographic. When contemplating moving your Cloud Infrastructure you may be effectively “Locked In” to staying with your current provider because your IT infrastructure is dependent on a specific platform. Even if you do manage to move, there is the potential of being “Locked Out” of certain features or functionality once you have moved to a new cloud platform.
In theory at least, an Open Cloud solution should be based on open standards and without IP or patent restrictions. With development and support being provided by an independent community and the ability to switch choices of infrastructure – could this be the ideal solution?
There are many attractions to the Open Cloud approach however nothing as complex as this can be made truly simple. Take care that “open” really means what it says. It is also worth considering the more general legal aspects of using Open Source anywhere within your development work (and especially within client related projects). Our Featured Blogger Irene Bodle covered these in an article – legal issues of using open source)
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