OpenStack: The Philosophical Divide

The open source cloud software has spawned a variety of perspectives on the best way to implement it.

The OpenStack Summit last week in Barcelona culminated with a new release of the cloud software, dubbed Newton. Although it appears to be a unified solution that everyone rallies around, the truth is more complex. During a keynote, participants of an interoperability challenge demonstrated that they can all run a common LAMP stack app. Participants included AT&T, Canonical, Cisco, DreamHost, Deutsche Telekom, Fujitsu, HPE, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Linaro, Mirantis, OSIC, OVH, Rackspace, Red Hat, SUSE, and VMware. This looks like one happy family, right? Well, if you look closer, you'll find they have philosophical differences.

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Topics: Cloud Computing Networking openstack OpenStack Summit

OpenStack Summit Day One - Keeping things really weird

If there were any doubts that things might get a little weird at the OpenStack Summit, those fears were quickly put to rest when Boris Renski, CEO of Mirantis, trotted out on stage with a vodka-guzzling Russian bear during the day one keynote. In a refreshingly un-PC presentation, Boris took pot shots at Gartner, IT system administrators and even at AWS. A fusillade of brash open-source bravado speak. And the audience loved it; myself included.

Topics: OpenStack Summit

Making sense of 2016 OpenStack User Survey. Strange results.

The April 2016 OpenStack User Survey was recently released, and there is a strange result that shows the Modular Layer 2 plugin (ML2) as the second most popular Neutron network driver, used by 31% of respondents. 

ML2 is a framework allowing OpenStack Networking to simultaneously utilize the variety of layer 2 networking technologies, compared to a single monolithic driver.

This is like asking which technology oriented TV comedy or dramas people like, and the result is:

  1. Silicon Valley
  2. HBO
  3. Mr. Robot
  4. Big Bang Theory

You'd say, "HBO is a network, not a show", and this user survey has a similar problem.

Topics: Networking OpenStack Summit

Is OpenStack private cloud weird?

It may be all too fitting that the OpenStack organization chose Austin as the venue for this year’s annual North American Summit. One of Austin’s many slogans is “Keep Austin Weird”. And to many traditional IT organizations, OpenStack may seem to be a bit of a tech oddity.

According to a recent ESG survey on hybrid cloud trends, only 14% of 308 IT professionals surveyed indicated that they were planning on utilizing open source solutions, like OpenStack, as the foundation for their private cloud environments. The vast majority (85%), on the other hand, stated they planned to use proprietary private cloud software, like VMware and Microsoft, as the basis for their private cloud strategy.

Topics: openstack OpenStack Summit

OpenStack Analyst Day 4/15/2013 - Portland, Oregon

Jonathan Bryce and Mark Collier started off the day talking about the impressive changes in interest and contributions to the OpenStack software. Just quarter over quarter stats from Q4’12 to Q1’13 when they went from 148 member companies to 189 and 175 developers to 252. Also just this past week Juniper and Erikson joined as Gold members with Juniper’s code seeing adoption already through their partnership with CloudScaling. Jonathan and Mark presented their strategic vision that includes three focuses for the OpenStack platform ecosystem – tech, users, and innovation.

Most of the rest of the day was filled with OpenStack customers who have built various forms of private and public clouds based on OpenStack. IBM, HP, and Rackspace all shared some thoughts on their public cloud implementations. Which included some of the challenges – such as having to add their own elements for portals and orchestration as well as synching their releases with OpenStack.

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