Will the biggest clouds stay open source?

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| Everyone wants to become Google these days. In a way.
| Google runs Linux.
| A lot of enterprises, from banking to health care, are now looking to deploy
| gigantic Internet-facing applications to customer sets numbering in the tens
| of millions. (Government, too.)
| The biggest and best IT system suppliers are gearing up for what they
| call “cloud” computing. IBM floated its offering today.



Xcerion's Internet Cloud Forms Over Google and Microsoft

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| If successful, it may be able to further erode the power Microsoft
| derives from control of the desktop, to beat Google at its
| software-as-a-service play, and to make commodity Linux boxes more
| viable as a computing platform for the masses.


IBM's Blue Cloud: The Tipping Point for Enterprise IT as Service

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| IBM's Blue Cloud, arriving in the first half of 2008, will use IBM
| BladeCenter servers, a Linux operating system, Xen-based virtualization and
| the company's own Tivoli management software. *


IBM to turn datacenters into 'computing cloud'

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| IBM is calling the initiative Blue Cloud, and compared its significance to
| its decision several years ago to throw its weight behind Linux, which helped
| the open-source OS become more widely accepted by corporations. *