What is an open-source cloud solution?

Only Open-Source service offerings will be considered for this category. Extra consideration will be given to confidently addressing the unique challenges presented with developing open-source. As ever, customer evidence and testimonials are essential.

An open-source cloud solution refers to a cloud computing platform or software that is developed and distributed under an open-source license. Open-source software is typically released with its source code freely available, allowing users to view, modify, and distribute it according to the terms of the open-source license.

In the context of cloud computing, an open-source cloud solution provides organizations with a flexible and customizable infrastructure for deploying and managing cloud-based applications and services. It offers an alternative to proprietary cloud solutions, allowing users to leverage the benefits of cloud computing while retaining control over the underlying software and infrastructure.

Key characteristics of an open-source cloud solution include:

  • Source Code Availability: The source code of the cloud solution is openly accessible, allowing users to inspect and modify it as per their requirements. This provides transparency and flexibility, enabling organizations to customize the solution to meet their specific needs.
  • Community Collaboration: Open-source cloud solutions often have vibrant communities of developers, contributors, and users who collaborate to enhance and improve the software. This community-driven approach fosters innovation, encourages peer review, and enables the sharing of knowledge and best practices.
  • Vendor Neutrality: Open-source cloud solutions are not tied to a specific vendor or provider. This means organizations have the freedom to choose the cloud infrastructure that best suits their requirements and can avoid vendor lock-in by having the option to migrate between different cloud platforms.
  • Customization and Extensibility: Organizations can customize and extend the functionality of an open-source cloud solution to meet their specific needs. This flexibility allows for the integration of additional tools, features, and plugins, enabling organizations to tailor the solution to their unique requirements.
  • Cost Savings: Open-source cloud solutions can provide cost advantages over proprietary solutions as they typically do not require upfront licensing fees. Organizations can benefit from reduced software costs and have the ability to scale their cloud infrastructure without incurring additional licensing costs.
  • Security and Auditing: The transparency of open-source cloud solutions allows security experts to review and identify vulnerabilities, leading to potentially faster identification and resolution of security issues. Organizations can also conduct independent security audits and implement security measures based on their specific needs and compliance requirements.

Previous recognition for Best Open Source Cloud Solution

For a broader understanding of this Cloud Awards category, we have gathered examples from previous winners, finalists, and shortlistees which impressed the judging team with their innovative open source cloud solutions.

Winner of The Cloud Awards 2022-2023 for the Best Open Source Cloud Solution

Lead Judge Annabelle Whittall, said:

Speed is critical when it comes to technology and Imply Polaris lets you start building analytics applications in as little as five minutes. Users get all the benefits of best-in-class speed, scale, and agility on a fully managed cloud database as a service, designed by the open-source project’s original creators. Imply Polaris is an exciting Open-Source solution in a highly competitive field. Well done, Imply Polaris, from everyone at The Cloud Awards. 

Winner of The Cloud Awards 2021-2022 for the Best Open Source Cloud Solution

Lead Judge Richard Geary, said:

“As hybrid cloud deployments increase in complexity, enforcing policy across the wildly varying
patchwork of cloud systems become a huge headache for organizations. At the Cloud Awards, we were very impressed with Open Policy Agent’s (OPA) ability to unify policy authorization using its own declarative language, Rego, and wish to recognize its new status as a graduated product in the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) landscape.”

Finalist of The Cloud Awards 2022-2023 for the Best Open Source Cloud Solution

Atlantic.Net’s cloud solution supports a wide range of open-source technologies, frameworks, and applications. This compatibility allows organizations to leverage their preferred open-source tools and software stack without any vendor lock-in.

Atlantic.Net provides a flexible infrastructure that enables users to customize and scale their cloud environment based on their specific requirements. Users can deploy virtual machines, containers, and other resources, and configure them according to their needs.

Finalist of The Cloud Awards 2022-2023 for the Best Open Source Cloud Solution

Starburst Presto provides connectivity to a wide range of data sources, enabling organizations to query and join data from various systems. This includes support for cloud object storage, relational databases, NoSQL databases, Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS), and more. It allows organizations to leverage their existing data sources without the need for data movement or duplication.

Starburst Presto is optimized for performance, enabling fast query execution even on large datasets. It employs distributed query processing and parallel execution across a cluster of machines, leveraging the cloud’s computational power and scalability to deliver high-performance analytics and insights.

A strong entry for the Best Open Source Cloud Solution category should have:

  1. Robust and Scalable Infrastructure: The open-source cloud solution should provide a robust and scalable infrastructure that can handle a variety of workloads and accommodate the growth of an organization’s cloud environment. It should support the deployment of virtual machines, containers, and other resources with efficient resource management and allocation.
  2. Comprehensive Feature Set: The solution should offer a comprehensive set of features and services that cover various aspects of cloud computing, such as compute, storage, networking, security, and orchestration. It should provide a rich ecosystem of tools and functionalities that enable users to build, deploy, and manage applications and services effectively.
  3. Flexibility and Customization: The open-source cloud solution should offer flexibility and customization options to meet the unique requirements of different organizations. It should allow users to customize and extend the solution’s functionality, integrate with other tools and systems, and adapt it to specific use cases and business needs.
  4. Interoperability and Standards Compliance: The solution should adhere to open standards and promote interoperability between different cloud environments and technologies. It should support commonly used APIs, protocols, and frameworks, enabling seamless integration with other cloud solutions, services, and tools.
  5. Documentation and Ease of Use: The solution should have comprehensive documentation, tutorials, and user guides that facilitate the adoption, installation, configuration, and management of the open-source cloud platform. It should strive to provide an intuitive user interface, well-defined APIs, and developer-friendly tools to enhance ease of use and minimize the learning curve.
  6. Continuous Innovation and Upgrades: The open-source cloud solution should demonstrate a track record of continuous innovation and regular upgrades. It should have a roadmap for future development, incorporating feedback from users and the community, and actively address emerging trends and challenges in cloud computing.
  7. Strong Adoption and Industry Recognition: A strong entry for the Best Open Source Cloud Solution category should have a significant user base, successful case studies, and positive feedback from organizations that have adopted and benefited from the solution. Industry recognition, awards, and certifications can further validate the solution’s effectiveness and quality.

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