Citrix has repositioned its cloud strategy by ending its code contributions to the open source OpenStack cloud distribution and realigning its CloudStack platform to the Apache Software Foundation.
With this move, Citrix hands its developer converts greater access to Amazon Web Services with a hypervisor-agnostic platform that helps users by supporting Amazon's APIs. According to a statement from Citric, "The proposed Apache CloudStack project will make it easier for customers of all types to deliver cloud services on a platform that is open, powerful, flexible, and 'Proven Amazon Compatible'."
CloudStack brings to Apache more than 30,000 community members, thousands of certified apps and hundreds of production clouds. Citrix estimates that these collective entities generate more than US $1 billion in cloud revenue from some of the biggest brands in the industry.
"While other enterprise vendors will attempt to add cloud-like management layers to their existing proprietary data center virtualization products, we believe the biggest winners in the cloud era will be clouds built on a platform that is designed from the ground up with a true Amazon-style architecture, proven at scale in real production clouds, compatible with the Amazon architecture, and fully committed to open source. With the momentum CloudStack has gained over the past year, it is the only cloud platform on the market that even comes close to meeting these requirements," said Sameer Dholakia, group VP and GM of cloud platforms, Citrix.
Dor Skuler, VP of cloud solutions at Alcatel-Lucent, is on the record saying, "The move to an Apache-based project is a great thing for our developers, users, and the open source cloud community as it brings a model for open collaboration, innovation, and standardization under a proven framework and foundation."
While RedMonk analyst Stephen O'Grady has said that CloudStack's combination of an Apache-licensed open source project offering Amazon compatibility is likely to pique the interest of developers at several levels, other analysts and industry commentators are of the opinion that this move could damage OpenStack in a wider sense with two open source platforms now vying for attention.