For some cloud users, this may not be a problem. They use it as they would any other Internet service like Facebook or Twitter. But when it comes to protecting data and developing applications and platforms, many companies have come to prefer open systems. If nothing else, having cloud standards is a way to ensure customers get secure service.
OpenStack is one option for open source cloud development. It was engineered by NASA and Rackspace and has the backing of over 150 IT companies. Another more recent addition to the open cloud market is CloudStack, provided by Citrix. The company recently submitted it to be an Apache project. Both open cloud systems are available under an Apace open source license. Red Hat also offers OpenShift, a cloud development platform that provides a wide range of support for multiple programming languages and is described as a PaaS (Platform as a Service).
As cloud computing continues to develop and mature, many cloud hosting providers will look to open cloud development stacks and more universal cloud standards to help them provide customers with reliable cloud options. Users will benefit from the flexibility, increased security, and more affordable cost of open cloud solutions.