Open-Source Servers Drive Cloud Computing

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Jun 29, 2010


A number of cloud providers, such as Amazon.com, SugarCRM, Rackspace, and others, use open-source servers, software and scripting languages for everything from virtualization to user interfaces. This CNET News article details how open-source software and cloud computing have been intertwined since the early days of the cloud, and where the open-source focus is headed.


The 'cloud' was made possible by open-source software, but we see a shift in moving the focus away from open-source servers to applications.

"Take the interesting discussion about the future of the LAMP stack recently. LAMP--a software stack consisting of Linux, Apache Web Server and/or Tomcat, MySQL (or another open-source database engine) and the Perl, Python and/or PHP scripting languages--plays a critical role in the world of Web applications, but as I noted recently, it may not be as critical to the cloud.

"The ways in which open source is most affected by cloud computing mostly revolve around the changing roles in the IT operations sphere that I talked about in my series on DevOps. Briefly, I pointed out that cloud drives operations teams from a server focus to an application focus. This means that different teams now operate the infrastructure components that an application depends on versus the application itself."

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