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IS THERE MONEY IN OPEN-SOURCE CLOUD STORAGE? Cambridge start-up Basho's give-some-gain-some strategy

05/02/2013

Amazon has become a big competitor to providers outsourced data center services, and they know it. Their colocation, dedicated servers, managed services offerings and existing customer base, however, can be advantages in going after the demand for hybrid deployments many enterprise customers are looking at.

Helping traditional providers stand up cloud infrastructure in their data centers is a high-demand market now, and vendors large and small are lining up. Both proprietary and open-source solutions have emerged, and a few companies have formed around the latter. One such company is Cambridge, Massachussetts-based Basho Technologies.The company offers software that turns commodity hardware into cloud-storage clusters. At the core is its open-source distributed database Riak.

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