Open-source enthusiasts, rejoice! The open-source gospel will be read at the inaugural CloudOpen event, the very first of its kind.
Spun on by The Linux Foundation, CloudOpen will exist as a “parallel” conference alongside LinuxCon to best spread the good news of open source. In fact, the motto on the street is “Open works.” Cute.
Attendees to CloudOpen will be blessed with a technical conference designed to dive deeply into the heart of the open-source projects driving the move to open-source cloud. Big names like Citrix, Dell, Eucalyptus, IBM, Intel and OpenStack will all be there to promote and sponsor the event, but the entire event is being billed as “a vendor-neutral environment.”
The sudden arrival comes as the adoption of open-source technologies picks up considerable steam. This acceleration comes not just from enterprise space, but increasingly from burgeoning SMBs looking for a way to provide enterprise-level features at a much more affordable cost. The event announcement has claimed that – in just one year – there has been a 34 percent increase in companies moving to cloud computing. Not surprising. However, of that 34 percent, a sizable 66 percent actually used Linux as its cloud backbone.
Major open-source cloud technologies will be a primary focus for the event, including Hadoop, Gluster, Xen and more. Technical breakout sessions will show how to implement, integrate and best leverage these technologies. The event will additionally focus on big data and other cloud platforms in an effort to cover the wide and increasingly growing open-source world. As if that wasn’t enough, CloudOpen will feature a large lineup of keynote speakers across the entire IT industry, each focused uniquely on cloud evangelizing and implementation.
The arrival of CloudOpen is apropos, especially as the open-source community experiences some surprising gains. For example, the OpenStack foundation was formed just weeks ago, looking to bring expanded development to Rackspace and NASA’s IaaS platform while simultaneously encouraging community enhancements. Adding to that open-source goodness was the submission of CloudStack into the Apache family, furthering the development of the open-source cloud ecosystem.
For a closer look into the first OpenCloud event, check out the event portal page. In the meantime, it will be interesting to see if the rapid adoption of open-source technologies will continue to blossom, potentially introducing new and unusual contributors.
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