Atlanta Summit Showcases OpenStack’s Maturity

OpenStack Summit Atlanta this week crushed any doubt about whether people are taking OpenStack and doing great things with it.

The Atlanta Summit – the largest so far with roughly 4,700 attendees – was concrete proof that OpenStack and the community around it are maturing and adoption is increasing at a tremendous clip.

The floodgates opened for user stories, including marquee enterprise names like AT&T, Disney, eBay, Sony and Wells Fargo. And innovative smaller companies like DigitalFilm Tree, a Rackspace customer, showcased how OpenStack empowers them to work quickly with an agile, fast and modern architecture. These are all real users doing really awesome things with OpenStack.

And it’s the community and the great work that it’s doing that drives this user adoption. That’s what makes events like OpenStack Summit so special. While many conferences focus on vendors and customers, OpenStack Summit also features a developer conference, where the people building the next OpenStack release gather to debate, argue, prioritize and build the next version of OpenStack. There is code being written here that will make it into the project and we’ll all use it – Rackspace will use it to power our public and private cloud offerings.

As a Rackspace employee, and an attendee of numerous OpenStack Summits, it makes me extremely proud to see what the community has created and the work being done here this week. OpenStack is truly a confluence of the community and the code.

OpenStack was born just four years ago with just a few lines of code and handful of people. Today, it’s a full-fledged community with an incredibly bright future. It’s grown into a platform that gives customers a choice in how they move forward in the cloud. It truly is the future of computing where users and contributors build not only what they want, but also what they need. That’s the true power of an open source platform – it leaves the future up to all of us.

John Engates joined Rackspace in August 2000, just a year after the company was founded, as Vice President of Operations, managing the datacenter operations and customer-service teams. Two years later, when Rackspace decided to add new services for larger enterprise customers, John created and helped develop the Intensive Hosting business unit. Most recently, John has played an active role in the evolution and evangelism of Rackspace's cloud-computing strategy and cloud products. John meets frequently with customers to hear about their needs and concerns, and to discuss Rackspace's vision for the future of cloud computing. John currently serves as Chief Technology Officer. John is also an internationally recognized cloud computing expert and a sought-after speaker at technology conferences, including CA World, the Goldman Sachs Techtonics Conference and Cloud Expo. He speaks on the future of cloud computing, enterprise cloud adoption, data center efficiency, green data center best practices, and more. Prior to joining Rackspace, John was a founder and General Manager at Internet Direct, one of the original Internet service providers in Texas. John is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio and holds a B.B.A. in Accounting.


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