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I’m an enthusiastic supporter of Citrix’s decision to donate the source code of their widely deployed CloudStack cloud orchestration software to the Apache Foundation.

Our NexentaStor is the leading OpenStorage solution; NexentaStor works well with CloudStack at major cloud customers including Korea Telecom (“KT”) to run their cloud compute and managed hosting services.  I’m extremely supportive of Citrix taking an even more open approach to the next phase of Citrix strategy to accelerate the broad adoption of open, interoperable cloud computing. Apache is a great home for this kind of project.

This announcement points to the massive demand for solutions that simplify the transition to the cloud without forcing legacy business models and technologies onto customers. The drive to cloud infrastructure is expected to drive up to $11B in infrastructure spending per year by 2013 and our surveys indicate that over 72% of customers anticipate that their storage for the cloud will include open source components.

There is something fundamental going on here.  Unlike previous generations of computing, this build out will be led by open technologies that are proven at scale in large production clouds like Facebook, Korea Telecom, Zynga, Netflix and Google, and that are available to customers of all sizes under an open source license. That’s exactly what’s happening in hot cloud markets like “Big Data” with Hadoop, Hive and Casandra dominating the landscape. This trend is our best explanation for why Nexenta has become the fastest growing storage company of the last ten or more years.  And we agree with Citrix that this same trend will prove true with the orchestration platforms that run all of these new cloud services.

The new Apache CloudStack project will make it easier for customers of all types to deliver cloud services on a platform that is powerful, flexible and “Proven Amazon Compatible”. Our commitment is to be able to provide the most cost-effective, high-performance storage platform for the cloud that absolutely guarantees no data loss or bit rot even when commodity hardware is used.  We share some great joint customers with Citrix and, with their help, we have jointly developed best practices as well as software integrations that have resulted in some of our jointly built clouds being called “the industry’s fastest.”

As always, to get started on a rock-solid cloud storage platform today, download NexentaStor™ at http://nexenta.com/freetrial.  To read the Cloud Harmony report that called KT’s cloud the industry’s fastest and to learn about Nexenta’s cloud strategy, please click here.

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Bill Roth is a Silicon Valley veteran with over 20 years in the industry. He has played numerous product marketing, product management and engineering roles at companies like BEA, Sun, Morgan Stanley, and EBay Enterprise. He was recently named one of the World's 30 Most Influential Cloud Bloggers.