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Monday, Jan 31 2011

Open Source in the Cloud – Part 1

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The open-source movement is growing rapidly and is having a major impact on the way businesses model their IT strategies. We will examine these impacts over the next several blog posts.

One of the business areas where open source is beginning to have a noticeable effect is cloud computing. Free and open source software (FOSS) is software that is liberally licensed to grant users the right to use, study, change, and improve its design by allowing access to its source code.

I found an interesting post yesterday from Colin Smith on TechRepublic on how Cloud Computing will change the role of the IT professional. He makes some valid points about the rapid shift to the cloud especially for SMB and the impact that shift will have on both the role of the IT professional and the role that IT outsourcing firms play in cloud application migration, development and management.
We have had a busy couple of weeks at Armada. In the past two weeks, we have published a couple of interesting articles on upcoming trends in cloud computing. Below is a quick recap with links to the full publications:
Cloud migration can be a daunting issue for companies with a number of legacy applications. In a recent article titled “Cloud Customers: Don’t Worry About Standards Yet“, Deborah Gage from DevX pointed to Armada’s CTO Vasa Dasan as a key voice of insight on this issue.

Today we complete our blog series with:

Myth #5: The biggest cloud vendors are the right cloud vendors
Of course, the best vendor for almost any solution is one that is established and well-tested. However, “cloud” is a hot field. Innovation can come from both the largest vendors or from well-funded and reputable start-ups. A more logical approach is to evaluate the right solutions based on your individual business needs and goals.

As we continue series of posts on common myths on cloud and how they affect your company’s cloud strategy, today we explore:

Myth #4 – Every application should reside in “the Cloud”

While many applications are a good fit for cloud, in general, it is a good fit for applications with a fairly standard and flexible configuration. Those relying on clustered servers, for example, aren’t good fits for cloud environments where they share resources with other customers.