Yahoo! seeks to build Traffic Server as an open source platform

In the hope that it can build a community of developers around its cloud computing services, Yahoo! is releasing an open source version of its Traffic Server. The technology has been deployed within Yahoo!’s corporate data centers for eight years, providing edge services, on-line storage and cloud serving.

Shelton Shugar, senior vice president of Cloud Computing at Yahoo!, said, “By releasing an open source version of Traffic Server, we are sharing a core piece of technology with the open-source world, while also signaling our intention to build a community of developers to take it to the next level.”

Traffic Server enables the session management, authentication, configuration management, load balancing, and routing for an entire cloud computing stack. Yahoo! is donating the Traffic Server code to The Apache Software Foundation through the Apache Incubator.

Earlier this year, Yahoo! contributed its work on Hadoop, a Java software framework for managing data-intensive distributed applications, to the under a free license as another example of Yahoo!’s unprecedented commitment to open source cloud computing initiatives. Yahoo! has donated the Traffic Server code to Apache Incubator.

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