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Open Source Playing Key Role in Cloud Adoption

Cloud-specific open source projects account for nearly 50 million lines of code says new study

A report by Black Duck Software, provider of products and services for aiding software development through managed use of open source, says that open source projects are helping in the adoption of cloud computing. According to the press release, cloud computing frameworks and platforms designed to support integration with cloud services, scalability in private and public clouds, and manage and store cloud data are growing rapidly and include well-known open source projects such as Hadoop, Eucalyptus, Hyperic, deltaCloud, OpenStack and OpenECP.

The research based on the analysis of Black Duck's proprietary KnowledgeBase of open source project information indicates that there is a 70 percent growth from 2008 to 2009 in cloud computing related open source projects and they account for nearly 50 million lines of code. Amazon Web Services is the leading Cloud platform associated with these projects followed by Microsoft's Windows Azure, Google App Engine, and

"In the wake of the financial crisis of the past 18-24 months and as enterprise IT application developers re-architect applications for cloud environments, they are turning to open source software for its low cost, availability and breadth of possible solutions," said Melinda-Carol Ballou , program director for Application Life-Cycle Management & Executive Strategies at IDC, in a statement. "Open source's low barriers to entry and abundance offer significant time-to-market advantages and make it an emerging and important element of cloud development strategies for enterprise developers. At the same time, organisations must put in effective open source assessment and management capabilities to leverage it as part of a complex software sourcing strategy for the cloud and for other environments."

To see a chart and list of OSS cloud projects data referenced in this release, visit

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