Cisco to Leverage Open Source in Cloud Computing

Networking giant Cisco plans on using open source as it continues to build presence in cloud computing deployments.

Cisco is increasing its focus on open source as it continues to build its presence in cloud computing. Sean Michael Kerner reports.

The move to cloud-based infrastructure is one that is set to dominate networking discussions in 2011. One of the leaders in the move to cloud is networking giant Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO), which provides servers, routing and switching infrastructure that enables cloud computing deployments.

At this stage of cloud development and deployment, standards are still emerging, which is where open source software may be able to help.

"We are interested in working a lot more with different open source communities as that's where a lot of the cloud activity is happening," Lew Tucker, Cisco CTO for Cloud Computing told InternetNews.com. "Open source is contributing a lot of technology to the cloud computing arena today."

Tucker noted that Cisco is taking an interest in a number of different open source cloud initiatives. One of the open source efforts he's watching is the Rackspace and NASA led OpenStack effort.

Read the rest at ServerWatch.

Tags: open source, cloud computing, networking, Cisco, standards

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