Build your own cloud with open source

Build your own cloud with open source

Summary: With open source tools from REvolution Computing. With backing from Intel Capital and a board of technical advisors that has paid its Larry Augustin tax, Richard Schultz is looking for corporate clusters whose big database sorts might cure cancer.

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Computing Cluster at UT Austin, http://www.cpge.utexas.edu/rsjip/For many corporate researchers, clouds and distributed computing have a big downside. (This cluster, at the University of Texas, is looking for oil reservoirs, naturally.)

They're somewhere else. They're someone else's hardware.

If you've got a big job, with enormous financial implications, you want to run it on your own systems. But how?

With open source tools from REvolution Computing. With backing from Intel Capital and a board of technical advisors that has paid its Larry Augustin tax, Richard Schultz is looking for corporate clusters whose big database sorts might cure cancer.

Actually, his first niche is in genetics, where scientists at firms like Pfizer or Novartis want to sort massive databases to find compounds with very specific properties.

The open source tools are R, a language designed for such sorts, and NetWorkSpaces, the "secret sauce" which lets R run in a cluster or cloud.

Actually, the sauce is not so secret.

Both tools are open source. "We are dedicated to making sure the secret sauce remains state of the art," said Schultz. "A small number of developers is quite impractical these days."

Open source, in other words, is the secret sauce that makes the REvolution happen.

Topic: Open Source

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  • Another misleading headline...

    ...that makes it seem as if there are recommendations / examples of how "you" (ostensibly, the average reader) can do something.

    Rather than:
    "Company creates its own cloud with open source".

    Jeez.
    dizzle@...
  • RE: Build your own cloud with open source

    Is this a joke? Revolution is about as far from cloud computing as you can get. looks like you wanted some traffic. Check out www.enomalism.com for an actual open source cloud offering.
    enomaly
    • Clouds come in many sizes

      You take a bunch of general purpose machines, you combine their computing power so they can take on a big job, and then you manage that big job.

      Is there a strict definition of cloud I haven't been informed of?

      Oh, thanks for hte tip on www.enomalism.com. I will definitely check them out.
      DanaBlankenhorn
  • Okay, so...

    How do I build my own cloud with open source at home?

    Way to go for deceiving me. :) Keep at it!
    Grayson Peddie
  • You are confusing clustering with Software as a Service.

    Cloud computing is SaaS, clustering and distributed services are not cloud computing. You may run the back end of a Cloud computing system on a cluster or distributed system, but Cloud computing involves hosted virtualized systems and services (see Salesforce.com or Google, both play in that space in the hosting aspect). All you described was clustering.
    B.O.F.H.
  • SaaS makes "a a$$" out of everybody.

    And cloud computing gives the impression of benefits and has some, but tailoring to individual needs can't be done and like anything else that's "eggs in one basket", Humpty Dumpty will simply walk around the wall instead of hopping up to sit on it.

    No silver lining here...
    HypnoToad
  • RE: Build your own cloud with open source

    Grid computing != cloud computing

    By definition you cannot build your own cloud. The whole point of cloud computing is that your solution and your company is naive of the infrastructure it runs on.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloud_computing
    jeremy.huffman@...
  • RE: Build your own cloud with open source

    Dude, this is a cluster, not a cloud..remove the article
    before you lose your day job.

    Jeryl
    twoencore