Cloud lessons from OpenStack 2011

Monday - 5/9/2011, 7:44pm EDT

Have you heard of OpenStack? It’s an open source cloud computing project from NASA and a group of tech companies.

According to the OpenStack website, “All of the code for OpenStack is freely available under the Apache 2.0 license. Anyone can run it, build on it, or submit changes back to the project. We strongly believe that an open development model is the only way to foster badly-needed cloud standards, remove the fear of proprietary lock-in for cloud customers, and create a large ecosystem that spans cloud providers.”

The second OpenStack Design Summit was held late last month and the Web is buzzing with lessons learned and takeaways from the event.

As one attendee noted writing for Computer World, “[Cloud] computing continues to morph as providers and users gain more experience with the domain…the cost structures associated with traditional computing environments in the face of scale growth make existing infrastructure approaches obsolete.”

The idea behind OpenStack and the conference is to provide an environment where cloud vendors can share some parts of their cloud technology and learn from each other. According to NetworkComputing, “project organizers said open source software will allow businesses to use the same cloud platform in their own environment or with an external cloud service provider.”