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The Linux Foundation Announces New Members Cloudscaling, CloudSigma, Cloudsoft and DreamHost

As IT Users Prioritize Open Solutions for the Cloud, Companies Move to Maximize Their Investments in the Linux Operating System

BARCELONA, SPAIN -- (Marketwire) -- 11/05/12 -- The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced that Cloudscaling, CloudSigma, Cloudsoft Corporation and DreamHost are joining the organization.

A recent survey conducted by research firm IDC, the results of which are available today in a new white paper, sponsored by The Linux Foundation, titled "Open Source Cloud System Software (https://www.linuxfoundation.org/publications/linux-foundation/open-source-cloud-system-software, November 2012), shows that 94 percent of the IT users asked believe that collaboration and a vibrant open source ecosystem are important for cloud adoption. Companies like Cloudscaling, CloudSigma, Cloudsoft and DreamHost understand this and are maximizing their investments in Linux by joining The Linux Foundation.

Cloudscaling is a leading elastic cloud infrastructure company. Its Open Cloud System is one of the most reliable, scalable and production-grade solutions available for building elastic clouds powered by OpenStack technology. Open Cloud System delivers the agility, performance and economic benefits of leading public cloud providers but is deployable in the customer's datacenter and under its IT team's control. Cloudscaling is backed by Trinity Ventures and is headquartered in San Francisco.

"Open cloud technologies are moving fast, and The Linux Foundation is helping to facilitate an environment for collaboration across projects and technologies," said Randy Bias, co-founder and CTO, Cloudscaling. "We're looking forward to maximizing our investments in Linux and open source through our work with The Linux Foundation, its members and community projects."

CloudSigma runs on KVM and is a promoter of open and fully configurable IaaS with an unbundled approach to resources. On CloudSigma, RAM, CPU, SSD and HDD can be configured and purchased independently. The amount of cores per VM can be tweaked to individual needs. Disk and network drivers are also configurable, and standard KVM images 'just work' and can be up- and downloaded without restrictions.

"The Linux operating system is core to our strategy as a cloud computing provider. It allows us to offer our customers the highest performing cloud at the most efficient price," said Bernino Lind, COO of CloudSigma. "By joining The Linux Foundation we can maximize our work with Linux and collaborate with industry peers to advance cloud computing technologies."

Cloudsoft is a software company specializing in multi-cloud application management, enabling enterprises to better exploit the benefits of cloud computing. The company provides professional support and services around the open source projects Brooklyn, jclouds and Apache Whirr, which together form the basis of Cloudsoft's Application Management Platform.

"The Linux Foundation is leading the way for creating a neutral forum where collaboration on open cloud initiatives can be accomplished," said Duncan Johnston-Watt, Cloudsoft CEO and Founder. "We value this neutrality and the ability to work side-by-side with our peers to advance enterprise usage of both cloud and Linux."

DreamHost is a leading web and cloud hosting company with more than 330,000 customers and 1.2 million websites, blogs, and apps hosted worldwide. The company offers a wide spectrum of web and cloud hosting solutions including Shared Hosting, Virtual Private Servers (VPS), Dedicated Server Hosting, Domain Name Registration, cloud storage service, DreamObjects™, and cloud computing service, DreamCompute.

"Cloud computing represents a major shift in the IT market, and The Linux Foundation is providing a common, neutral forum for navigating that shift," said Simon Anderson, chief executive officer, DreamHost and OpenStack board member. "By joining The Linux Foundation we can both increase our collaboration on the open cloud, as well as maximize the work we're already doing in the open source community."

"We know that openness in cloud computing is key for ensuring that the freedoms we've come to enjoy in the IT market continue," said Amanda McPherson, vice president of marketing and developer services at The Linux Foundation. "Our newest members Cloudscaling, CloudSigma, Cloudsoft and DreamHost recognize the importance of this, too, and we're looking forward to working with them."

About The Linux Foundation
The Linux Foundation is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux. Founded in 2000, the organization sponsors the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and promotes, protects and advances the Linux operating system by marshaling the resources of its members and the open source development community. The Linux Foundation provides a neutral forum for collaboration and education by hosting Linux conferences, including LinuxCon, and generating original Linux research, Linux videos and content that advances the understanding of the Linux platform. Its web properties, including Linux.com, reach approximately two million people per month. The organization also provides extensive Linux training opportunities that feature the Linux kernel community's leading experts as instructors. Follow The Linux Foundation on Twitter.

Trademarks: The Linux Foundation, Linux Standard Base, MeeGo, Tizen and Yocto Project are trademarks of The Linux Foundation. Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvalds.

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