The nonprofit Linux Foundation will host a new open cloud conference ‘cleverly’ named CloudOpen 2012 from August 29-31 this year in San Diego. CloudOpen is expected to be a vendor-neutral meeting of minds to discuss the open source projects, products and companies that are driving cloud and big data ecosystems. CloudOpen will feature technical content that includes, but is not limited to Chef, Gluster, Hadoop, KVM, Linux, oVirt, Puppet, and Xen, as well as big data strategies and open cloud platforms and tools. This conference will also cover open source best practices and how they relate to topics such as company data and APIs. “This conference is built on one belief: open works. We know this from experience and know that the cloud demands it in order to be successful for the long term,” said The Linux Foundation’s Amanda McPherson. “Because Linux, open source software and collaborative development are the foundations of the cloud, it’s important to provide a vendor-neutral forum where those who are committed to openness can advance this work and users and industry can learn about ‘open’ as it is related to the cloud.” Founding sponsors of CloudOpen include Dell, Canonical, Citrix, Eucalyptus Systems, HP, Hitachi, IBM, Intel, NEC, Puppet Labs and SUSE.