The open-source cloud once held great promise. OpenStack became the battle cry of those looking to avoid closed and costly clouds. IBM, HP and even VMware jumped on board the OpenStack bandwagon; however, going into year four, OpenStack has not shown the enterprise enough implementations to prove its value.
Alternative open-source clouds, such as CloudStack and Eucalyptus, do not get the same attention as OpenStack but hold great promise for the enterprise. And the slow uptake on OpenStack could provide them the opportunity to find their foothold in the cloud market.
Of course, open-source cloud success is measured by enterprise adoption. These days, enterprises are so busy getting the first cloud projects to work that the use of open-source cloud technology has taken a backseat. Brand-name public cloud providers such as AWS, Microsoft and Google have led the charge to the enterprise cloud, yet they only provide lip service and…
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