In a world where computing – or at least some of it - is moving into the cloud, one of the interesting questions is: What is the place of free software there? One open source company that seems to know is Hyperic:
Open source web infrastructure management provider Hyperic Inc., (Velocity Booth #6), today launched the beta of Hyperic CloudStatus (www.cloudstatus.com), the first service to provide an independent view of the health and performance of the most popular cloud on the Internet, Amazon Web Services (AWS). The new service gives businesses that use the cloud the perspective they need to determine the cause of performance changes in their cloud-based web applications. CloudStatus beta is a free service built on the Hyperic HQ management platform and will expand to include additional cloud providers this summer.
CloudStatus provides a comprehensive measure of service availability, latency and throughput for cloud-based infrastructure and application services. Users can drill down for detailed, service-specific metrics on any of the monitored offerings. The initial beta release provides metrics for AWS, including Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Simple Storage Service (S3), SimpleDB (SDB), Simple Queue Service (SQS) and Flexible Payment Service (FPS). These metrics are specific to each individual service and are designed to answer the questions most often asked by the developers and administrators that rely on the services for their business.
It's an interesting idea in itself - the variability of the services tracked is fascinating to watch - but it's more than that. It's also an extremely good example of an open source company moving swiftly into a new market ahead of its proprietary rivals. So what was that about open source not being innovative...?