Clouds get open source support
By Spencer Dalziel
LEADING LINUX VENDOR
Red Hat has announced the release of several cloud computing tools in what it calls Cloud Foundation: Edition One
The company said its customers can build private clouds using Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization or VMware ESX Server. They can run and manage their own cloud datacentres or use Red Hat certified public cloud services like Amazon EC2. Customers can also use Red Hat’s open source interoperable cloud architecture so they won’t be tied to a single cloud computing service provider’s stack.
Red Hat claims Edition One is the first of several cloud offerings that will give its customers everything they’ll need to build and manage a private cloud software infrastructure.
“Just as we made Linux a safe place to run mission-critical applications with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, we are focused on making the cloud a safe place for enterprise applications,” said Scott Crenshaw, VP and general manager of Red Hat’s cloud business unit.
“Red Hat is at the forefront of the industry with a broad portfolio of enterprise cloud solutions, and is driving the expansion of the cloud for new users, from developers to enterprises, with our expanded cloud offerings available today,” he observed.
Posted by John Soa
New market numbers show that cloud computing is not a fad and it’s not a pipe dream. It’s a bonafide IT phenomenon that points to the future of organizational computing.
According to a release this week from research firm Gartner, cloud services revenue worldwide will reach $68.3 billion this year, a 16.6% increase from last year’s revenue of $58.6 billion. And the industry will experience strong growth through 2014, when Gartner predicts worldwide cloud services revenue will climb to $148.8 billion.
So what has caused, is causing, this surge in interest and acceptance of cloud computing? Here are five factors that have played, are playing, a role in its skyrocket market trajectory.
- The recession. Cutbacks in IT budgets resulting from the economic slowdown called for creative ways to add new applications and business processes. As Ben Pring, research VP at Gartner, points out in the company’s release: “An IT solution that can deliver functionality less expensively and with more agility (remembering that time is money) is hard to ignore against this backdrop.”
- CFOs. The ability to forgo capex investments in technology made their hearts flutter.
- CIOs. Accused of dragging their feet at first, and in fact causing business managers to turn to software-as-a-service providers as an under-the-radar alternative to glacial IT processes, most CIOs have embraced at least the tactical benefits of the cloud.
- Outsourcing. The successful acceptance of outsourcing as an IT strategy set the table for cloud computing; its various iterations, in particular software-as-a-service and infrastructure-as-a-service, could be looked on as the next steps along the outsourcing road.
- Nicholas Carr. Author and lecturer Carr’s notorious 2003 Harvard Business Review article, “IT Doesn’t Matter” (which he subsequently turned into the book, Does IT Matter?) set forth the outlines of the cloud computing argument. The basic message, that IT should be looked on as a low-cost commodity, anathema to most CIOs, nonetheless resonated with corporate executives.
As evidence of its continuing influence, consider this quote from Gartner’s Pring: “IT managers are thinking strategically about cloud service deployments; more-progressive enterprises are thinking through what their IT operations will look like in a world of increasing cloud service leverage.”
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