Inktank, Servergy, Twitter Promote Linux in the Cloud
Part of the point of open source software is that it lacks an all-powerful authoritative body. But since centralized direction can be useful from time to time, organizations such as the Linux Foundation, a nonprofit consortium, fulfill such roles to a certain extent. And the organization’s stature is set to increase with the signing-on of some big names from the open source world and beyond. Here are the details.
On Aug. 28, 2012, the Linux Foundation will officially announce that Inktank, Servergy and Twitter have become members of the consortium. The move adds three big names to the sizable list of organizations large and small that already form part of the group.
Pairing Linux and the Cloud
The Linux Foundation, which has been around since 2000, is already well-established as a nonprofit promoter and supporter of Linux development. It was a major force in the open source ecosystem before the addition of these three new organizations.
Yet the signing-on of Inktank, Servergy and Twitter is of considerable significance because of its implications for Linux in the cloud. All three new members of the Linux Foundation are heavily invested, in different ways, in the cloud space.
Inktank provides support and services for Ceph, an open source distributed file system with plenty of applications in cloud infrastructures. Servergy builds servers that prioritize performance and energy-efficiency, which constitute major points of interest as IT administrators create larger and larger data centers to support expanding cloud environments. And Twitter, of course, grew up alongside the cloud, and has a major stake in cloud computing both for its technical back end and for the way users deploy Twitter technology.
Of course, it’s not exactly news that organizations with a stake in Linux, and open source more generally, have been investing heavily in the cloud for some time now. And as a nonprofit consortium with limited resources and authority, the Linux Foundation on its own does not direct all affairs in the open source channel. The membership of these three new organizations will probably not revolutionize anything.
Nonetheless, the addition of Inktank, Servergy and Twitter to the Linux Foundation’s ranks should help the open source community in its efforts to cement open source software’s presence in the cloud. Perhaps more importantly, it also promises to do much to integrate the services and products offered by different organizations with a stake in open source and Linux to address the different hardware, software and support dimensions of the cloud.