OpenStack has no enemies

Peter Judge reports from OpenStack Summit, Paris

4 November 2014 by Peter Judge - DCD

OpenStack has no enemies
Amazon - the monolith in the room

The open source cloud platform OpenStack has no enemies, and vendors and users are queueing to adopt it, the latest OpenStack Summit heard in Paris today. A lot of that support is still experimental, but OpenStack Foundation bosses had plenty to boast about.

With the new Juno release only out for a couple of weeks, around 4,600 OpenStack developers hit Paris for the community’s first Summit in Europe, and its biggest yet. Alongside the Summit, a separate track is working out the features for the next version Kilo, due in six months.

Running parallel to the event, OpenStack-focused service provider Mirantis launched its own distribution, and Linux leaders Red Hat and Canonical both showed new OpenStack abilities. Red Hat announced a Version 5 of its Cloud Infrastructure management package, and Canonical delivered its own home-grown OpenStack distribution - as well as discussing other projects including a hypervisor for containers.

Amazon - the monolith in the room
Praising OpenStack’s distributed development, and open structure, OpenStack Foundation Chief Operating Officer Mark Collier had to admit that the proprietary Amazon Web Services has a massive dominance in the market - describing it as “the monolith in the room”.

But even Amazon is not an enemy, said Collier, pointing out that many of the user case studies in the show keynotes - including the Expedia online travel service - make use of AWS alongside OpenStack. Public clouds based on OpenStack have an impressive footprint compared with AWS, he said, showing locations on a map.

Collier underlined OpenStack’s international status, by announcing the next two Summits will be outside the US, taking in Vancouver in May 2015 and Tokyo in October: “That’s fitting for a distributed community,” he said. 

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