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Mar172009

Sun to Announce Open Cloud APIs at CommunityOne

One of the key items Sun will be talking about in today's cloud computing announcement (at 9AM EST/6AM PST) will be Sun's opening of the APIs that we'll use for the Sun Cloud. We're making these available so that those who are interested will be able to review and comment on these APIs. Continuing our commitment to openness, we're making these APIs available via the Creative Commons Version 3.0 license.

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From http://blogs.sun.com/jonathan/entry/unified_computing">Jonathan Schwartz's Blog on the Sun Cloud:

That opportunity is for Sun's Cloud - which we just announced today - to deliver commercial network services to the entire free software community.

Let's start with what we announced today.

This morning, Dave Douglas, the SVP of our Cloud Computing business, announced we're building the Sun Cloud, atop open source platforms - from ZFS and Crossbow, to MySQL and Glassfish. With more than 4,000 developers hard at work on these enabling elements, and a twenty year history of network scale software innovation, we're very comfortable with our technology lead. By building on open source, we're also able to radically reduce our costs by avoiding proprietary storage and networking products.

Second, we announced the API's and file formats for Sun's Cloud will all be open, delivered under a Creative Commons License. That means developers can freely stitch our and their cloud services into mass market products, without fear of lock-in or litigation from the emerging proprietary cloud vendors.

Third, unlike our peers, we also announced our cloud will be available for deployment behind corporate firewalls - that we'll commercialize our public cloud by instantiating it in private datacenters for those customers who can't, due to regulation, security or business constraints, use a public cloud. We recognize that workloads subject to fiduciary duty or regulatory scrutiny won't move to public clouds - if you can't move to the cloud, we'll move the cloud to you.

How will developers use the cloud? Let me give you a very basic example - inside Sun, we're just now rolling out a version of OpenOffice extended for the cloud. If you take a look at the File menu in this picture, you'll see menu items that don't exist in your version - but will exist in Sun's distribution. "Save to Cloud," and "Open From Cloud..." will enable OpenOffice users to use our public cloud to store and retrieve documents from the network, rather than their PC. We're in beta deployment inside Sun as we speak, and with around 3,000,000 new users joining the OpenOffice community every week, the opportunity to deliver this as a public service, to nearly 200,000,000 users, adn their employers, is really exciting.

The same applies to, say, VirtualBox - our desktop virtualization product, used by millions of users across the world. VB users will see a new feature later this year, offering an upload service to those wishing to archive or run multiple OS/application stacks - in Sun's Cloud. Those users have already told us they run multiple OS's - now that we know their intent, delivering a cloud to add value is a simple step forward. The same will apply to Glassfish and NetBeans, whose adoption helps us discover and recruit application developers - who might have a similar interest in running and/or storing apps in the cloud.

November 29, 1990 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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