Happy open source day, everyone!
It must be some kind of open source holiday, as the ground is littered with commercial (and not so commercial) open source cloud computing projects making announcements.
First off, Terracotta
Eucalyptus, a private startup spun-off from UC Berkley's computing labs, said the idea was to make heavy-duty users like pharma and banks look more closely at private clouds for high-performance computing (HPC). Once you get set up on your own special HPC cloud, you can call in Terracotta or Eucalyptus for support -- for a modest fee, of course.
Next, Sam Johnston, Australian computer whiz and founder of the Open Cloud Computing Interface, also announced OpenECP, an open source software kit for building a cloud. The kit comes from Enomaly, which started the project back in 2007.
Enomaly had quietly removed the open source distribution from its website and appears to be in the process of closing its source and going fully commercial, something that irked feisty Sam. The project looks to be forked from Enomaly's ECP 3.0, which was not publicly available. This may also have irked Enomaly founder Reuven Cohen, but no public word on OpenECP yet from the famously prolix Cohen.
And finally, Gear6, which made a splash recently by announcing its memcached distribution for Amazon's cloud, has now ported Cloud Cache to GoGrid. Open source memcached is far and away the most popular memory caching app in use in the cloud and on the Web, and Gear6 thinks it can find money in selling its product, normally found on the rack, in the cloud.
That remains to be seen, but presumably support for Rackspace, Joyent, and the rest of the gang isn't far off either.