GoGrid launches open source app store

GoGrid will trade usage statistics and marketing help for open source, cloud-ready server images and applications to host on its infrastructure.

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GoGrid Exchange wants your open source apps
In a nod to cloud computing's democratic roots, GoGrid has begun a program to encourage open source developers to strut their stuff on the cloud provider's platform. The GoGrid Exchange is soliciting developers to submit their open source cloud-ready server images and applications. GoGrid will host them on its infrastructure, and users can then go to GoGrid and find and run projects on its cloud.

While suspicious developers might look askance at GoGrid basically seeking free products to make money on (as users pay for their services), GoGrid says that it will give back to developers by providing detailed usage statistics and marketing help.

"By packaging on-demand versions of software and leveraging the GoGrid Exchange, a unique cloud solutions marketplace, open source partners and businesses alike are realizing increased deployments and usage," GoGrid explains. So head on over with your open source baby; it needs a home and GoGrid needs an app store, so it could be a win-win.

IBM and Aetna joins forces on healthcare SaaS
IBM has announced its foray into the booming healthcare informatics market with a service offering through ActiveHealth, an Aetna subsidiary. The service will provide the now-familiar retinue of electronic medical records hosting and data management, a physician's Web portal for treatment and a patient-oriented personal health record (PHR) system.

Aetna's involvement may raise red flags, as many experts worry about the potentially disastrous influence of the money-oriented insurance industry and clinical care. IBM says that all pains have been taken to ensure patient data is safe and segregated from vampires that might want to pull the plug on grandma. IBM enters a field with a few competitors, including Verizon's new Health Information Exchange service and raft of smaller services and software companies. The market is spurred by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, which could provide up to $44,000 for every doctor or practice to buy technology.

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