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9 Years of Open-source Driving Innovation in Cloud Computing


Nine years ago, in February 2008, OpenNebula announced the first open-source management software for deploying private and hybrid clouds, and released one of the most transformative platforms for innovation in the cloud. OpenNebula was the first of many open-source software components that now constitute an active and quickly growing open ecosystem in a private cloud market estimated in $7 Billion.

“Open source” software refers to source code that is freely available for use, modification and, depending on the terms of its license, redistribution of modified and extended versions of the software. It is not only that the code is open and free, collaboration between technology providers and users is a huge advantage in the open source arena. One of the beauties of open source is that it is a meeting point between users and innovators, both from industry and academia, where they can freely share resources and knowledge. Open source software is also playing a vital role in the timely dissemination and transfer of important research and technology advances in cloud computing.

Open-source has been a growing phenomenon for more than two decades, but it has been with cloud computing when open-source has become the leader for innovation and the dominating form of technology, disrupting the traditional, commercial closed-source software business. During these years, we have witnessed how open source has played a key role in driving and supporting the transition to cloud computing, accelerating the pace of innovation, and facilitating new products and services.

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Dr. Llorente is Director of the OpenNebula Project and CEO & co-founder at C12G Labs. He is an entrepreneur and researcher in the field of cloud and distributed computing, having managed several international projects and initiatives on Cloud Computing, and authored many articles in the leading journals and proceedings books. Dr. Llorente is one of the pioneers and world's leading authorities on Cloud Computing. He has held several appointments as independent expert and consultant for the European Commission and several companies and national governments. He has given many keynotes and invited talks in the main international events in cloud computing, has served on several Groups of Experts on Cloud Computing convened by international organizations, such as the European Commission and the World Economic Forum, and has contributed to several Cloud Computing panels and roadmaps. He founded and co-chaired the Open Grid Forum Working Group on Open Cloud Computing Interface, and has participated in the main European projects in Cloud Computing. Llorente holds a Ph.D in Computer Science (UCM) and an Executive MBA (IE Business School), and is a Full Professor (Catedratico) and the Head of the Distributed Systems Architecture Group at UCM.