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How to govern a project on the scale of OpenStack

Managing collaborative open source projects

How an open source project is governed can matter just as much as the features it supports, the speed at which it runs, or the code that underlies it. Some open source projects have what we might call a "benevolent dictator for life." Others are outgrowths of corporate projects that, while open, still have their goals and code led by the company that manages it. And of course, there are thousands of projects out there that are written and managed by a single person or a small group of people for whom governance is less of an issue than insuring project sustainability.

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Why open infrastructure matters in the cloud

Building open infrastructure

When reading a recent article by Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst, I was struck by a comparison made between OpenStack and the interstate highway system. The article in Wall Street and Technology, called "OpenStack: Five things every executive needs to know," mostly focused on the high points of where OpenStack is in its development cycle. But the highway analogy stuck with me. » Read more

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Storing data in the cloud with GlusterFS and OpenStack Swift

Innovative ideas for cloud storage

Udo Seidel is no stranger to dealing with enormous file stores. Udo is Section Manager for Linux Strategy and Server Automation at Amadeus Data Processing GmbH and will be giving a talk with Vijay Bellur at DevNation in San Francisco, California later this month on developing applications with GlusterFS and OpenStack Swift. » Read more

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Ten sessions you don't want to miss at OpenStack Summit

A cloud agenda

The OpenStack Summit is coming up in Atlanta, May 12-16, and after much anticipation the agenda for the conference finally became available last week. As we covered previously, the agenda was crowdsourced to the user and developer community who gave input that helped individual track leaders arrange their schedules. » Read more

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A meetup for Docker and OpenStack integration

Linux containers in OpenStack

Docker is nothing more than a handy container. But for a lot of use cases, it's opening up amazing new possibilities for making development and deployment work together more closely than ever. It's an open source project designed to make it easy to create lightweight, portable, self-sufficient containers of an application, allowing that containerized application to run just as easily on a massively scaled cloud as it does on a developer's laptop. For projects like OpenStack, it's a new way of deploying applications as an alternative to (or on top of) a virtual machine, while potentially using fewer system resources in the process. » Read more

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The potential for OpenStack in the enterprise

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Big things are in store for OpenStack this year. The community is growing, now at more than 15,000 people from more than 130 countries. The next version, Icehouse, is scheduled to be released on April 17, followed by the next OpenStack Summit in May. But what will this lead to?

In a post on virtual-strategy.com, Chuck Dubuque, the Director of Product Marketing for Virtualization and OpenStack at Red Hat, provided the following prediction: » Read more

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How OpenStack parallels the adoption of Linux

OpenStack is developing like Linux

In spite of its considerable momentum, there are still skeptics about whether OpenStack will ultimately succeed. My colleague tackled some of that skepticism in a blog post last year and I’m not going to rehash those arguments here. Rather, I’m going to make some observations about how OpenStack is paralleling, and will likely continue to parallel, the adoption of another open source project that I think we can all agree has become popular and successful—namely Linux. [1] » Read more

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How OpenStack differs from Amazon and must rise to the occasion

OpenStack innovates in the open

This is a condensed version of the blog post: A tale of two expanding clouds: Amazon and OpenStack. Read more there about the OpenStack Summit in Hong Kong. Comments welcome. » Read more

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Weekly wrap-up: IBM pledges $1 billion for Linux, CEO takes on patent troll, and more

open source news and highlights

Open source news this week: September 16 - 20, 2013


What other open source-related news stories did you read about this week? Share them with us in the comments section. Follow us on Twitter where we share these stories in real time.

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Do you have a cloud exit strategy? Here’s one clear path.

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The federal government’s march to the cloud has, at times, seemed more like a cautious ballet than anything else. While cloud-based projects are slowly rolling out, much of the agency emphasis is on private or community clouds as opposed to public providers. Security and data handling concerns play a role in this "tiptoeing," but another reason is far more insidious: the fear of lock-in.

The Federal Shared Services Implementation Guide, the agency blueprint to the cloud, makes it very clear that government entities engaging in cloud computing need a clear “exit strategy” for anything as a service. It might seem ridiculous to consider how one should migrate from a technology before it is even implemented, but when it comes to the cloud, being able to get your data out is just as important as getting it in. It's about choice and control.

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