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Open source cloud battles: OpenStack leveling off as CloudStack interest gains

Healthy open source communities mean more developments are likely on the horizon

By , Network World
January 07, 2013 12:27 PM ET

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Eucalyptus officials, meanwhile, have committed to more frequently updating their code and continuing to support compatibility with Amazon Web Services, which the company has a non-exclusive agreement with the major public cloud provider to develop. CloudStack backers, including Citrix officials, have discussed AWS compatibility as a major focus of that platform as well.

Moving forward, OpenStack and CloudStack seem to be growing at about an equal pace now in terms of discussions and responses, Qingye finds, but OpenStack has a larger community base to grow from. CloudStack seems to be picking up new members faster than OpenStack, too.

What does this all mean for the end user? Continued momentum by each of these projects means they are becoming more stable, robust and user friendly. In Eucalyptus's most recent release, for example, heavy emphasis was put on usability. OpenStack, meanwhile, has been adding significant new feature sets, including virtual networking, in its project. The health of community participation in an open source project mean both these projects will likely continue to develop into the future.

Network World staff writer Brandon Butler covers cloud computing and social collaboration. He can be reached at BButler@nww.com and found on Twitter at @BButlerNWW.

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