Shuttleworth: Amazon will win cloud battle

Shuttleworth: Amazon will win cloud battle

Summary: Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud, or a new platform closely modelled on it, will emerge as the leading cloud standard, Canonical chief Mark Shuttleworth has predicted.

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Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud, or a new platform closely modelled on it, will emerge as the leading cloud standard, Canonical chief Mark Shuttleworth has predicted.

Shuttleworth told delegates at a BT open-source event on Monday that to emerge as a leader among the alternatives now on offer, a cloud platform must have open-source implementations. He gave the example of the Eucalyptus implementation of EC2, which the Canonical-sponsored Ubuntu Linux distribution has adopted for private and public cloud use.

"The winner will be either explicitly Amazon EC2 or, if [other players] get into gear, an IETF standard closely modelled on EC2," he said, referring to the Internet Engineering Task Force standards-setting body.

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Topics: Open Source, Amazon, Cloud

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  • We DO need to be able to second source our cloud provider in order to keep

    them honest. I applaud Amazon if they do in fact
    allow EC2 to become a standard.
    DonnieBoy
  • Just what the world needs...ANOTHER monopoly.

    :-(
    IT_Guy_z
    • Did you read the article? Amazon is allowing it to become a standard, so,

      there will be multiple vendors offering the
      service. There is already an open source solution
      (Eucalyptus).

      Amazon will have to compete on the merits. That
      said, we need to hold Amazon's feet to the fire
      early on, and make sure everything is freely re-
      implementable by third parties with no license
      necessary.
      DonnieBoy
      • What are you smoking?

        "and make sure everything is freely re-
        implementable by third parties with no license
        necessary."

        You're not really serious are you? Do you think Amazon is going to give away something they have spent a ton of money to develop? Not likely.
        ths40
  • RE: Shuttleworth: Amazon will win cloud battle

    Except they just had their first DDoS attack, that took down a customer for more than 16 hours..

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/10/05/amazon_bitbucket_outage/
    kanned
    • Oooopppsss! LOL...LOL...ROTFLMAO :D (NT)

      ...
      ths40