Mention a difference “open source” to IT pros meddlesome in adopting cloud computing, and their
ears expected will perk up. Open source program offers a resolution to a businessman lock-in concerns
many enterprises have with committing to a cloud platform. And cloud platforms like a OpenStack
Foundation, that fosters ‘coopitition’ among ostensible competitors in a prohibited cloud computing
market, give companies a choice to build interoperable open source clouds. But what options do
enterprises have when seeking open source PaaS?
CEO of OW2
SearchCloudComputing spoke with Cédric Thomas, arch executive officer of OW2, a Paris-based, eccentric village focused on formulating a code
base of open source program for cloud computing. Similar to Apache and a OpenStack Foundation,
OW2 concentrates on infrastructure program as good as a collection to develop, muster and manage
applications for approximately 100 projects over a 60-member village that’s 22,000 developers
How does OW2 differ from Apache, OpenStack and other open source cloud platforms?
Cédric Thomas: We were founded out of Europe; a members are especially corporations, organizations
and universities rather than individuals, that is a box for Apache. Other than that, we don’t
differentiate in terms of technology.
We recently had meetings with OpenStack
and satisfied there was no foe during all between OW2 and OpenStack, since all OW2 does
is indeed a covering above that. OpenStack concentrates on a Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
layer with a compute, network and storage functionalities. Everything OW2 does targets the
Platform as a Service (PaaS) covering — a applications or a concentration platforms for a cloud.
All a cloud projects now have OpenStack as a anxiety for a growth platform.
We are implementing on a possess infrastructure since we horde services for a members. We are
implementing an OpenStack cloud height so that a plan and exam growth will [run] on
OpenStack. You can consider of OW2 as bringing value to a OpenStack ecosystem. We didn’t wish to
find ourselves in foe with them because, in a open source world, there is no reason to
compete. We wish to reuse or enhance in areas that are not lonesome by a open source friends.
OpenStack talks about a thought of ‘coopitition,’ that joins competitors together to foster
cloud computing projects. What are a hurdles with this coopitition approach?
Thomas: Up until 2010, open source was in foe opposite exclusive software. Every
category that has been developed, invested, marketed, explored, sold, upheld or confirmed was
done by exclusive vendors who eventually sole in a open source world. The approach it was … open
source program customarily copied exclusive software. You can even contend it started with GNU; it’s
not singular and it was defined, by comparison, with something that already existed.
Something altered in 2010. We satisfied cloud computing was not customarily a selling breakthrough and decided
to position OW2 to cloud computing. We satisfied open source was, with cloud computing, racing –
not following — exclusive software. That open
source innovation was pushing creation in cloud computing. So, open source was a best way
to collaboratively innovate with cloud technology. With open source, a simple attribute is
defined by a open source license, that creates open source a really easy approach to cooperate,
collaborate and innovate — even if vendors are competitors.
We support a handful of cloud projects and a vendors are also intensity competitors. The whole
open source transformation will broach technologies that will not be products. That’s important. we think
open source will assistance companies strech a turn of record or state of a art with technology,
and afterwards they can conclude a offering. The genuine plea is that open source will broach a
half-baked product or a product that’s customarily 80% or 90% finished, afterwards vendors will finish them on a
commercial basis. That’s what we’re doing with some of a projects, and that’s what function with
On a PaaS front, are we competing with exclusive solutions?
Thomas: At a Infrastructure
as a Service (IaaS) level, all a technologies are flattering most identified. And it’s all a
matter of customarily productizing and removing it to industry-grade offerings. And that helps companies
deploy workloads to cloud computing platforms.
Now what’s during interest and a genuine plea is to rise a cloud-oriented information systems
for companies and certain services. These cloud-oriented information systems will precedence social
applications, data, resources and services — some of these are inside a craving and some of
them are outward a enterprise. So, cloud-oriented information systems will be totally hybrid. And
that’s what PaaS is about: To assistance companies and CIOs rise a subsequent era of information
systems. What we customarily call PaaS, during a really simplest form, is where this creation will take
place. We rise a middleware
that uses resources supposing by opposite technologies of opposite companies.
Some criticisms of OpenStack are that it hasn’t been prepared for full prolongation or critical
updates occur a bit slower than a village would like. Is that partial of a problem with having
so many competing vendors operative together?
Thomas: You’re looking during a potion half empty. In 2010, there was zero during all. There were
three people; now [OpenStack] organizes events with 3,000 people in reduction than 3 years. You
can’t go any faster than that. That is bringing and converting a lot of expertise, a lot of
feedback. That’s what happens in open source partnership projects; vendors all contribute, though at
some point, they all demeanour for their possess interests. It’s an attention in a making.
Since we feel outrageous changes can occur in dual years with open source, what do we see
happening in a subsequent dual years?
Thomas: There will be many some-more OpenStack distributions out there. IaaS will somehow be more
commoditized. It will use village off-the-shelf [COTS] platforms. we consider a hosting industry
will be consolidated; there will be a tiny series of vast hosters heading a market. In North
America, it will be Rackspace, Amazon Web Services and Google; in Europe, any nation will develop
national hosters to understanding with information correspondence issues. Each nation will have a handful of national
hosting companies utterly mostly tranquil by a vast telcos.
[These vendors] will offer services and applications and combined value. OpenCloudware, for example,
develops a technologies to conduct lifecycle applications over a cloud. We’re not articulate about
infrastructure. It addresses a needs of a concentration and looks ceiling in a information
stack. The concentration is on a applications and all a production we need to conduct them.
The new era of applications will have a cloud-oriented philosophy. It’s not an
application that will precedence databases or estimate cycles; these new apps will be
service-oriented and will call on Web services supposing by third-party computing companies.
Everything will have to be standardized. These applications will also be deployed opposite servers
and mobile devices. Servers will need to hoop a estimate mandate of mobile devices. This
is a new design and new methodologies in program engineering as well.
About a author:
Michelle Boisvert is executive site editor for SearchCloudComputing, SearchWindowsServer and
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This was initial published in May 2013