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The Linux Foundation Releases New Open Cloud Report

"Understanding the Open Cloud: Open Cloud Projects Profiled" Helps to Inform Users About the Open Cloud Community and the Projects That Comprise It

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND -- (Marketwired) -- 10/21/13 -- LINUXCON & CLOUDOPEN EUROPE - The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux and collaborative development, today announced the immediate release of a new report "Understanding the Open Cloud: Open Cloud Projects Profiled."

The paper is being released today at the first-ever CloudOpen Europe where it will be discussed and from which input will be gathered to inform future updates to the paper. CloudOpen was originally hosted in North America in 2012 and brings together all of the open source projects supporting the cloud in one place where developers, users and vendors can learn more about them and understand how best to collaborate.

Cloud computing, like Linux, is fueling dramatic enterprise innovation and growth, which in turn is spurring a worldwide transformation of the technology space. As a result, there are many open source projects emerging to support the cloud and more being created every day. The Linux Foundation's new report aims to help users and developers understand the open cloud ecosystem, including what is the open cloud, what are the projects that comprise it and how to get involved.

The paper is not intended to be a comprehensive survey of all potentially related projects; rather, it is a starting point from which users can begin to assess the building blocks for an open cloud. To download the full report, please visit The Linux Foundation's Publication's website:

Projects profiled in the new paper include:

Hypervisor & Container

  • KVM
  • Xen Project

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

  • Apache CloudStack
  • Eucalyptus
  • OpenNebula
  • OpenStack

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)

  • Cloud Foundry
  • OpenShift

Provisioning & Management

  • Chef
  • Puppet
  • Salt
  • Vagrant
  • Juju
  • oVirt


  • Ceph
  • Gluster
  • Riak CS

"We receive a lot of questions from users and developers about the increasing number of open source projects that are supporting the cloud," said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation. "We hope this paper can be helpful to those users who are currently assessing their cloud computing strategies and looking to build upon Linux and open source technologies to accelerate that work."

The paper is being released today at LinuxCon and CloudOpen Europe. LinuxCon is the world's leading conference addressing all matters Linux for the global business and technical communities. CloudOpen focuses on the open cloud and those projects that comprise it -- Ceph, CloudStack, Chef, Gluster, KVM, OpenStack, Puppet, SaltStack, Xen Project and more -- all in one place. For more information or to access the live streaming video, please visit:

About The Linux Foundation
The Linux Foundation is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux and collaborative software development. Founded in 2000, the organization sponsors the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and promotes, protects and advances the Linux operating system and collaborative software development by marshaling the resources of its members and the open source community. The Linux Foundation provides a neutral forum for collaboration and education by hosting Collaborative Projects, Linux conferences, including LinuxCon (and CloudOpen?), and generating original research and content that advances the understanding of Linux and collaborative software development. More information can be found at

Trademarks: The Linux Foundation, Linux Standard Base, MeeGo, OpenDaylight, Tizen, and Yocto Project are trademarks of The Linux Foundation. Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvalds.

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