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OW2 Open Source Cloudware Initiative

Why the OW2 Open Source Cloudware Initiative

Mid-March 2010, the Technology Council and the Board of Directors agreed that Cloud Computing represents a strategic opportunity for OW2. We started an internal discussion, code named JetStream and we decided to launch a new Initiative dedicated to combining our open souce software cloud-oriented community assets.

On May 5, we announce the OW2 Open Source Cloudware Initiative. The OW2 Initiative will help define the future of open source cloud computing.

The OW2 Open Source Cloudware Initiative is a joint effort set up to:

  • foster open and interoperable cloud computing architecture
  • develop open source solutions for autonomic resource elasticity management
  • strengthen connections between integrators, vendors, users and the research communities
  • attract more attention from the research activities to foster innovative Cloudware solutions and practices.


Call for participation

Open Source Cloudware initiative is open to everyone i.e. OW2 members and non OW2 members from industry, academy or SMEs and to other related open source projects which may enter in synergy with OW2's intiative.

Our goal is to build a common vision of what should be an open cloud based on open source and open standards, and to develop key software technologies according to an R&D agenda collaboratively defined.

This document will introduce the ideas and rationales which supported the creation of this initiative, the first technological elements composing the bedrock of this initiative and the envisonned roadmap for the coming months.

Where are we now

End of may and beginning of June, a first set of meetings and confernce calls were set enabling to OW2 members to show their interest for Open Source Cloudware initiative. You may find the minutes of these meetings here .

Based on these inputs, we are now setting up the expert group which have in charge to veil to the progress of the initiative and we are creating the framework which will support the establisment of OSCi Agenda in term of vision, state of the art and technological domains.

If you are interested to participate to the infancy of OW2 Open Source Cloudware initiative, this is perfect timing: your contribution is welcome!

How to take part in the OW2 Open Source Cloudware Initiative

The OW2 Open Source Cloudware Initiative is lead by OW2 Strategic Members Bull, France Telecom and INRIA. Now that the Initiative is launched, the leaders invite OW2 members and non-members alike to take part in the Initiative by submitting contributions.

The protocol for intializing your participation in the OW2 Open Source Cloudware Initiative is as follows:

1. Subscribe to the mailing list: send a request to cloud-initiative-request AT ow2.org
2. When subscribed, send a mail to the list with the following:

  • an introduction to your activities in cloud computing,
  • your roadmap if any,
  • an introduction to your planned contribution to the OW2 OSCi.
Please feel free to contact us for any question you might have. Contact jean-pierre.laisne AT ow2.org


The OW2 Open Source Cloudware Initiative offers a number of benefits to the participants:

  • a market opportunity
  • the chance to drive the growth of their OS Cloud solutions in a common direction achieving a great worth
  • the involvement in research activities driving innovation
  • a facilitation in driving OS Cloud solutions in the emerging countries' markets.

News and events


  • 2010-05 Launch of the OW2 Open Source Cloudware Initiative
See the Cloudware Initiative Press Release in English and in French.

See the Press coverage about the OSCI initiative launch: go to the "In the Press" section at the end of Press Room page.


  • 2010, May 5-6: OW2 Session at Datacenters and Cloud computing, Paris La Defense (FR)
  • 2010, May 20: System@tic Cluster Open Source Cloud conference
  • 2010, May 25: Sino-French seminar on the OW2 Open Source Cloudware Initiative
  • 2010, June 8, 10: First Open Source Cloudware Initiatve Conference Calls ( Minutes )

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