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Is the sun poking out from behind the cloud?

On the biggest day for the internet since Tim Berners-Lee decided to give the World Wide Web to the masses, software firm Citrix has donated its CloudStack software to the Apache Software Foundation.

CloudStack is an agnostic cloud facilitator which doesn’t discriminate against users based on their operating platform or device.

It means more people can use cloud services using more devices in more ways.

In a nutshell: cloud just went mainstream.

With many still wary of cloud computing, experts and big businesses are doing what they can to convince people that it’s a vehicle for productive, adaptable and secure networking.

The decision to give away software that cost it hundreds of millions of dollars is telling on Citrix’s belief that cloud is going to be seriously big business.

It certainly shows that Citrix has confidence in cloud, and faith that its belief will filter down to the end user.

It’s a bid to make the cloud marketplace completely open and to encourage the global uptake of cloud computing.

John Gillam, Programme Director for Cloud Services at BT Global Services, said: “Citrix is going to the market and making a real show of its confidence in cloud. It’s saying: ‘This is a fantastic bit of software designed to enable the global uptake of cloud computing. It’s an exciting development.”

Philanthropy isn’t often associated with big corporations, but Citrix has shown there’s  still a lot of good going on.

As Citrix’s largest telecoms partner in the CloudStack project, BT now has the clout to offer more to its customers who want global operability in the cloud.

Neil Sutton, Vice President at BT Global Services said in a recent statement: “The push by Citrix to make CloudStack the Apache of the cloud, coupled with its adoption of industry standard APIs is a really good thing for customers, partners and providers in the cloud.

“Promoting interoperability between clouds through a proven open cloud platform will enable portability of workloads and provide greater degree of freedom for customers.

“BT is one of the first global services providers to join the CloudStack project and looks forward to continued contribution and participation in the community around carrier standards, global interoperability and building a foundation for highly scalable cloud solutions. CloudStack’s open systems approach is enabling BT to develop services that adapt to help customers make the cloud meaningful for their business, giving them global scale with local choice and expertise to meet their requirements.”

Like Citrix, BT believes that high-standards and openness are the things that will make cloud successful.

CloudStack’s open systems approach is enabling BT to develop services that adapt to help customers make the cloud meaningful for their business, giving them global scale with local choice and expertise to meet their requirements.”

The decision to offer such fantastic software to the world represents a huge step towards the global uptake of cloud.

John Gillam said: “As a philanthropic gesture it’s massive. And it could be a very pivotal moment in the story of the internet.

“It’s up there with Tim Berners-Lee’s decision to hand-over the World Wide Web in the early nineties in order to get mass adoption and to make it a success.

“Citrix have taken this step because they believe in the technology and they believe their onwards success will be from the use of it — not ownership of the technology itself.”

“This generous gift to the cloud community is around offering something that’s incredibly robust, already proven to be working very well and letting everyone benefit without a price tag.”

 

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