A startup with just a handful of employees, DetaCloud is just the seventh company to join the corporate member program, which the
"This is helping us and the open-source community to scale quickly," said Kari, who has a long professional history in open-source computing. "We literally are revolutionizing the way people learn (about open source)," he said. "Instead of them traveling to a city and learning in a classroom, we are able to offer our training online."
DetaCloud is a provider of enterprise cloud solutions built on OpenStack cloud software, originally developed by
Kari describes the evolution now underway in open-source technology as parallel in some ways to earlier battles over control of the Internet.
Early on, companies such as AOL and Compuserve were gatekeepers to Internet access. "Eventually, the Internet was democratized and everyone was able to take advantage of the open platform," Kari said.
With cloud-based systems, huge technology companies including Amazon and Apple, had taken the lead in developing cloud-based data storage and retrieval systems at vast facilities, including server farms in
The large technology companies are "hoping to define the cloud as their own," Kari said. Allowing a single company to set the industry standard would compare to the early days of computing, when
Amazon and others have aided businesses and consumers with low-cost, secure cloud storage systems that put knowledge and consumer choices at our fingertips, Kari noted. But advances in open-source development will ensure that costs remain low while encouraging innovation, he said. By reducing the need for costly investments in equipment, he said, cloud computing streamlines software development. That makes possible an explosion of what is called big data, enabling more sophisticated analysis of information that can lead to advances in science and other fields.
'The whole world'
Kari's personal history in computing dates to childhood -- he built his first computer while still in high school.
Kari launched DetaCloud several years ago, at a pivotal time in the brief but fast-moving history of cloud-computing technology.
By then, processing had moved away from personal computers into autonomous data centers that allowed for more efficient use of resources. Next came a period of what is called virtualization, a technology that allows for more efficient use of server hardware for multiple functions.
"Cloud computing is not one entity or one corporation," Kari said. "Eventually, it will be open to the whole world."
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