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We all know, or at least have heard of BYOD (Bring your own device), but what about this trend around cloud companies building their own servers, or perhaps, BYOS? Is the open source movement making this a reality?

Backblaze is a prime example, and in this post by Nathaniel Mott on pandodaily.com, he paints a clear picture as to why BYOS made sense for Backblaze.  Nathaniel’s points were echoed by Tom Coughlin in a post on Forbes a couple months ago saying, “Backblaze made their first generation “Storage Pod” design open source in 2009 and they have just announced the third generation of the Storage Pod.  Prior Storage Pod designs have been built into many build-it-yourself storage systems and some commercial OEMs have also picked up on the design.”

Backblaze is just one example of many cloud providers moving in this direction.  One could say the end user of IT is becoming the customer of technology suppliers like Seagate, Intel, and others. Is it just a matter of time before IT departments within larger more traditional end users follow suit?  Just look at the open source communities like Open Compute and OpenStack where very large corporations are getting involved, learning, and contributing.

This week, in fact, is the OpenStack Summit where software developers meet hardware suppliers and both meet end users (cloud providers) to discuss the present day and future of open source software and cloud. Seagate and EVault (a Seagate company), will be there in full force to do exactly what end customers are doing: listening, learning, and carving a path to contributing to the open source movement in a meaningful way.

Stay tuned for more from the OpenStack Summit. It’s bound to be exciting.

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