Cloud computing goes open source

New cloud computing test beds may give business IT the confidence of on-demand services -- and improve open source

Catching up with Big Blue

HP's archrival, IBM, has been touting its Blue Cloud program for some time, and last year it teamed with Google, launching an initiative somewhat similar to the Cloud Computing Test Bed.

Google and IBM are building two large datacenters that will be at the disposal of six universities initially: Carnegie Mellon, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, University of Washington, University of Maryland, and University of California at Berkeley.

I suspect that part of the reason for both initiatives is a recruiting tool. Recession notwithstanding, there's a great need for talented computer scientists, and what better way to attract them then by working with them on a very sexy project while they are still in school?

From a business standpoint, of course, we're seeing the benefits of increased competition. And while I'm critical of Yahoo, Google, and Microsoft for attempting to stifle competition in other areas, I say hats off to these companies for investing in the future of computing.

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