Where does the enterprise stand with open source cloud computing?

Last updated:September 2014

Editor's note

Open source cloud computing allows enterprises to mold tools and services to fit their business needs -- nominally, for free. However, the best things in life may not be free when it comes to the world of IT.

Open source brings the need for specialized training and support staff on your team who are knowledgeable about the services you want to deploy. However, if you can make it work, some enterprises believe that open source is the best option.

Certainly today, OpenStack is a bigger name than ever. And with tools such as Hadoop for big data analytics, Docker for application containerization, and Cloud Foundry making a play at platform as a service (PaaS), IT pros have more open source on the brain than ever before. But to make the best decisions for your company, you have to know where you stand with the available open source options.

1OpenStack sitting atop the open source mountain

OpenStack has been the undisputed king of open source for a long time. Now, some experts are even saying that it will rule private cloud computing, too. But there are detractors from this position, claiming that OpenStack has yet to see the light of many production environments.

2Other open source tools, players compete in OpenStack world

Entering the open source ring to take some of the spotlight from OpenStack are players like Cloud Foundry, Docker and Hadoop. Hadoop has long been the leader in the big data analytics world, but newcomers like Cloud Foundry's PaaS and the containerization project Docker are picking up steam. What does the future look like for these open source projects?

3Test your feats of open source cloud knowledge

From OpenStack to tools, open source cloud computing covers a lot of ground. Test your open source expertise with our quiz.