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Does Open Source Matter in Cloud Computing and the Future Internet?


Cedric Thomas - CEO, OW2 Consortium


Join industry experts, technologists and open source practitioners for a lively discussion on the role of open source in the fast-paced cloud computing market.

While the market is dominated by proprietary cloud service vendors, open source technologies seem to be driving innovation in cloud computing technologies. After years of catching up with proprietary software in commoditized enterprise computing segments, open source is now creating value in areas such as virtualization, big data, infrastructure, cloud management, SDN/NFV, etc. Cloud computing is being shaped by antagonistic forces between the open source approach to push the boundaries of technology through collaborative innovation and proprietary strategies aimed at to developing market positions and competitive advantages.

We know open source is defined by four basic rules for the usage, the discovery, the modification and the sharing of software code; but how does this apply in a cloud computing market where what is delivered is not software but a service? Rather than code access isn't cloud computing openness defined in terms of service interoperability? These questions are relevant not only for cloud computing but also for the Internet of the Future at large. Without doubt, a majority of Future applications will be running on cloud computing platforms.

Attendees in this session will have a unique opportunity to confront ideas and outline the landscape of cloud computing and future internet platform technologies. Attendees will leave the session with answers to questions such as: Is open source software important in cloud computing? What is cloud service interoperability? What open source technologies really matter in cloud computing? What is open cloud? How does open cloud relate to open source software? Does open source facilitate or hinder the growth of cloud computing usage? Who have the most / the least incentive to promote open source software in cloud computing?

Speakers at the session will include software vendors as well as cloud service vendors, open source promoters as well as proprietary vendors, users as well as technology and service providers. Such a diverse array of presenters and experiences will undoubtedly make for a lively discussion.

Agenda - 19 March, 14:30-16:30

  • Understanding the rationale: Is cloud computing open source? (presentation 20 min)
  • Fostering Open Cloud: the open cloud who's who - Yuri Glikman, Fraunhofer FOKUS (presentation 20 min)
  • Open source vs Interoperability, a proprietary perspective - TBC, Microsoft (presentation 20 min)
  • The business of open source technologies for cloud computing - Ignacio Llorente Director, OpenNebula Project (presentation 20 min)
  • (tba) -Nick Barcet, Board member, OpenStack (presentation 20 min)
  • Building a world-class cloud service platform (presentation 20 min)


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