Linked by snydeq on Fri 4th Nov 2011 16:53 UTC
Web 2.0 Open source history suggests vendor-backed Eucalyptus will ultimately win out over the foundation-based Open Stack as the open source cloud platform of choice for IT going forward. 'History has shown that when an open source project is dealing with a valuable layer of the software stack, that project has tended to be controlled by a single vendor that can directly make money from the project,' Rodrigues writes. 'History also shows that when an open source project is dealing with a commodity layer of the software stack, the project tends to be controlled by a foundation.' The question then boils down to whether cloud platforms are indeed a valuable layer, and thus directly monetizable, as Red Hat proved with Linux, or are they a commodity layer, like Apache HTTP Server or Eclipse. Ultimately, Rodrigues believes that the private cloud will prove to be a valuable component of the IT stack, thereby favoring Eucalyptus' AWS-based private cloud platform.
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That's just one arbitrary angle
by Beerfloat on Sat 5th Nov 2011 07:28 UTC
Beerfloat
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2011-06-05

History suggests that the product with the snappiest name typically prevails. This means a name that is short, easy to remember, easy to spell, and which carries the fewest negative associations (figuring out that 'Lumia' means whore in Spain probably goes beyond the scope of most product research).

So let's have a look at Eucalyptus vs OpenStack:
- Eucalyptus is toxic, it is found in cough drops and toothpaste, its natural enemy is the Koala bear, and the witch in Paulus the Woodgnome is named after it. Hmmm.
- OpenStack is a compound word, and so far most OpenWhatever products haven't exactly managed to set the world on fire (I'll include -Office and -BSD), but Stack sounds like a lot, and money.

Really, both names are less than ideal and that's just starting with the fact that they're too long. My prediction: OpenStack will at some point be renamed Stack, and win.

Edited 2011-11-05 07:31 UTC

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bannor99 Member since:
2005-09-15

Well, we have Apple and Macintosh, Windows, all very common and mundane, so I don't think Eucalyptus will go far but perhaps if they renamed it to myCloud and OpenStack to myStack they'd both do well ( or at least, better )

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