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Cloud computing's big debt to NASA

Patrick Thibodeau | March 11, 2013
IBM's decision this week to base its cloud services on OpenStack may help establish this open source platform as the standard in enterprises.

"Sometimes a prophet isn't appreciated in their hometown," Cureton said. "But I predict as the adoption increases -- as signaled by IBM's recent announcement -- and the commercial viability continues to soar, NASA will be a consumer of the very capability they helped create."

"This may sound weird, but this is the way it should work. Our operating costs will be reduced and we will help fuel the economic engine of our country. The evolution from NASA's Nebula to what is now OpenStack will benefit everyone," she added.

At its Pulse conference this week in Las Vegas, IBM announced that all of its cloud services and software "will be based on an open cloud architecture."

As part of that, it announced new private cloud offerings based on OpenStack. IBM, which has been a major supporter of Linux, is expected to be a major contributor to OpenStack's code base.

OpenStack clearly has market momentum, said Charles King, an analyst at Pund-IT, but, he said, "the notable absence of pretty formidable cloud players, including Amazon, Microsoft and Oracle suggest that the market at large may not be ready for a de facto standard,"

"Whether OpenStack ever achieves that status depends on how competition in the cloud market shakes out over the next few years," said King.


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