What is cloud computing? This question seems irrelevant in today's context when people are utilizing the space on the Internet for storing files rather than on personal hard drives. With the introduction of cloud and its benefit it is not surprising to see Open Source software making an offering in this area. The combination of cloud computing with open source has opened the doors of ease, savings and flexibility for companies. The introduction of open source tools in the cloud computing arena has opened the doors for vendors to save money even after they offer ways to host both public and private applications.
Let us look at the top 10 open source cloud-computing tools -
- Eucalyptus- They have built open source software that takes its functionality from Amazon’s EC2 and uses Amazon command-line tools for its operation. The benefits that this tool offers is building new applications, enhancing productivity and taking care of sensitive date all keeping the financial aspect in check.
- Abiquo- The Company has announced abiCloud offering that offers drag and drop functionality which has made it possible to convert VMware hypervisor into Hyper-V. This is a sort of revolution in open source cloud that offers flexibility in addition to cost effectiveness.
- Nimbus- The open-source tool has made it possible for users to not only lease remote resources but also customize them as per their project needs. Users are able configure schedulers like SGE or PBS and they can also launch self-configuring virtual clusters by a simple click. This is one of the most useful Infrastructure-as-a-Service cloud solutions.
- OpenNebula- This flexible open source tool can be integrated with any storage and networking solution and also be a part of any data center. Be it hybrid, public or private cloud, OpenNebula helps you create them.
- AppScale- This open source platform targets Google App Engine applications. The working principle involves monitoring and deploying the App Engine applications in addition to debugging them all in an open-source environment.
- xTuple- Their cloud offering in combination with open source solution like PostgreSQL, Linux and Qt has made it possible to use Amazon EC2 for their cloud database.
- EyeOS- This is one of the most popular open source technologies that helps you access your files stored in the cloud via mobile Web browsers as well as computer-based browsers. You can now work on the go. Being free software users can independently decide where to keep their cloud and he data. The user does not share the data instead the tool is installed in any environment that the user can control.
- Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud- A scalable solution this open source tool offers private cloud features in conjunction with Eucalyptus. You can deploy workloads and exploit the benefits of in-house and private clouds that operate behind the firewall.
- Cloudera- This is a commercial version of Hadoop that has been managing large amount of data that runs across different applications. Due to its flexibility of operation in data-intensive and cluster-based queries Hadoop has made a mark in the cloud computing. It has been able to process and analyze huge volume of data and also simplifies ETL processes in legacy data warehouses.
- Reservoir- This tool carries the aim to come up with a system and framework that will be able to tie together grid computing, virtualization and business service management techniques together.
The growth of open source tools in cloud computing environment is bound to bring in more flexibility for companies thus help them in customizing their current approach. As a user you can expect a more competitive field between the various open source cloud companies thus keeping the price in check. In short this is a win-win situation from both organizational and users perspective.