Three giants of the tech industry: Hewlett Packard, Intel and Yahoo! have created what they call an “open source test bed for the advancement of cloud computing research and education,” and called it the Cloud Computing Test Bed, appropriately enough.
Apparently it will give everyone the opportunity to test out software, data centre management and hardware issues associated with cloud computing on a larger scale than ever before.
The initiative is being undertaken in conjunction with academic centres in the US, Germany and Singapore and the consequent six initial “centres of excellence” are expected to be available to select researchers later this year.
“To realize the full potential of cloud computing, the technology industry must think about the cloud as a platform for creating new services and experiences. This requires an entirely new approach to the way we design, deploy and manage cloud infrastructure and services,” said Prith Banerjee, senior VP of research at HP and director of HP Labs.
From an HP point of view this looks like the latest phase in a software as a service (SaaS) initiative that has been underway for a while. The press release makes Intel’s interest in the project clear: “Intel is a leading provider of platform technologies, including processors, chipsets, networking and SSD (solid state drives), for cloud computing data centers,” it says.
As a major provider of web-based services, Yahoo!’s interest is pretty transparent. “The HP, Intel and Yahoo! Cloud Computing Test Bed furthers our commitment to the global, collaborative research community that is advancing the new sciences of the Internet,” said Prabhakar Raghavan, head of Yahoo! research.
What do you think? Can such a collaboration of interested parties be truly open? Does cloud computing need such an initiative? What do you think of these sorts of collaborations in general? Let us know in the HEXUS.community.