In recent weeks companies have begun to release distributions of their OpenStack powered cloud products, including Rackspace, Red Hat and Piston Cloud Computing Co. all offering free or low-cost trial versions of OpenStack powered-cloud computing platforms. But Sheehy says he hasn't seen an overwhelming slant toward OpenStack distributions being adopted in the market over CloudStack. The market is still shaking itself out, he says.
Because it is early days, Sheehy and Basho wanted to get on board with both projects. Basho's flagship product is Riak CS, a cloud storage platform that allows users to create a multi-tenant storage system that is compatible with Amazon Web Service's Simple Storage Service (S3). The technology is based off of Riak, which is an Apache open source database project, also developed by Basho. Riak CS has already been used in some OpenStack deployments, Sheehy says, but today the company announced integration with Citrix's CloudStack product. Basho and Cloudstack are complementary, Sheehy says: CloudStack is a compute platform, while Riack can be used as the storage option.
The CloudStack folks are tickled to see more vendors hopping on their bandwagon. "I think the move is a great reflection on the fact that technology leaders, like Basho, are looking to join communities that enable them to make money with real world deployments today," says Peder Ulander, vice president of product marketing for Cloud Platforms at Citrix.
Since launching CloudStack as an Apache project in April, he says more than 250 developers from more than 100 companies have contributed code, including from companies such as Sungard, GoDaddy, Softlayer, Datapipe. Even some companies that are active in the OpenStack community as well, such as Red Hat, IBM, SUSE and Cisco. As the open source cloud market continues to shake out, vendors across the cloud industry will likely continue to align themselves on either side of this debate.
Network World staff writer Brandon Butler covers cloud computing and social collaboration. He can be reached at BButler@nww.com and found on Twitter at @BButlerNWW.