When building a public or private cloud, there plenty of options. You can build a cloud stack on almost any operating system, but some Linux-based OSes are ideal for the cloud. It is therefore, no surprise that many cloud systems rely on Linux to power their backends.
Why Linux Rocks the Cloud
1. Freedom – In this case, I am not referring to the financial freedom of not having to pay as much for licensing or the freedom that comes with using freely licensed software. This type of freedom is about the flexibility of development and configurations that you can get out of Linux operating systems. You can mold it into any type of cloud system you want.
2. Multiple Virtualization Options – Linux offers a plethora of both open source and commercial virtualization options, including KVM, Xen and VMware. You can even mix and match the ones you want in order to get the most out of your cloud platform.
3. Package Management – When it comes to the cloud, your aim should be simplicity, modularity, and standardization. It is much more difficult to do that when a hodgepodge applications have to be installed and configured in piecemeal. Linux offers streamlined pre-compiled binary packages that are accessible from software repositories, which are almost like app stores common with mobile devices. It makes cloud setup and configuration much more straightforward.
Whether it is the foundation of OpenStack or the virtual guest inside another system, Linux is finding its way into all sorts of clouds. It is free, open and very flexible. Those are just some of the reasons why Linux is perfect for the cloud.