A Collection of Open Source Cloud Resources

by Ostatic Staff - Jul. 27, 2009

When North Bridge Partners did its Future of Open Source Survey earlier this year, and respondents were asked which trends are having the greatest impact on commercial open source players, Software as a Service (Saas) was ranked number one. Cloud computing, which is inextricably linked with SaaS, was also ranked very highly. As more and more people favor online hosted applications, the world of open source has to respond, and it already is. In this post, you'll find several good resources on cloud and SaaS solutions as they relate to open source.

Take in some webinars. Recently, we wrote up Red Hat's Open Source Cloud Forum. This event took place last Wednesday, July 22nd, and all of the presentations from the event are now available as free webinars, here. There were top speakers presenting on behalf of Hadoop, Zmanda, Eucalyptus Systems, Compiere, and more.

See our coverage on open source and the cloud. We've covered the convergence of open source and cloud computing from several angles. In this post, we provided details on Eucalyptus Systems' venture capital funding and strategy, where it focuses on an open source infrastructure that allows companies to manage hybrid public/private cloud services. You can find several similar resources in this post. Also see our coverage of Puppet, Hadoop, Cloudera, and Enomalism--for "rolling your own cloud."

The cloud operating system. Lisa recently covered EyeOS, which takes the operating system into the cloud. It installs on a web server and is designed for personal or collaborative use.

Under the Hood at Zoho. Matt Asay has a good interview up with Raju Vegesna, evangelist at Zoho. Zoho provides a huge suite of free, online applications, competitive with Google Docs. What many people don't realize, though, is Zoho's core is completely open source--a shinging example of how SaaS solutions can work in harmony with open source.