Just as open source has made it easier for developers to distribute software, the cloud has ushered in a new wave of consumption, turning on-premise IT from a necessity to an option.
Next week at the annual OSBC (Open Source Business Conference) in San Francisco, I'll be moderating a panel discussion on March 17 at 3 p.m. PST about open source and the cloud, and how the two play well together. (Note: fellow CNET blogger James Urquhart is a panelist.)
While open source offers users a great deal of control over their applications and data, the cloud requires users to not only follow the providers methodology, but also locks applications and data into a specific cloud platform.
The big question is if source code matters in the age of the cloud, and what do developers and IT staff need to know as their world evolves at a breakneck pace.
We'll also discuss whether any of this matters and if we've reached the point where consuming applications is more important than their origins and future plans. Maybe open APIs have supplanted open source?
Open Source and the Cloud: IT Opportunities and Challenges, March 17, 3 p.m.
Dave Rosenberg, Moderator
James Urquhart, Platform Evangelist, Cisco
Chris Mattman, Senior Computer Scientist, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Erica Brescia, CEO, BitRock
OSBC remains the must-attend open source event of the year. Stop by and say hello.