Every six months, developers, administrators and business folks gather for the OpenStack Summit. The fall’s summit is going on now in Hong Kong, the first international destination in OpenStack’s three-plus years of existence.
The scope of OpenStack has expanded in that time, and myriad technologies, products and services within the OpenStack ecosystem have emerged. For those of us who live and breathe OpenStack, it’s exciting to see a lot of new faces, new projects and a thriving ecosystem. It’s also great to hear of real use cases from folks like MIT, Workday, Shutterstock, Paypal and others.
Of course, when you get a lot of smart folks together, there’s always strong opinions and some healthy debate; but that’s the beauty of open source. Innovation is possible because businesses of every size, startups, research institutions and some of the biggest technology providers now have a standard for cloud computing. From the outside looking in (and to those who don’t understand or are unfamiliar with open source) these debates become fodder for the press, and may lead potential users to question if OpenStack is a good decision. But to quote Rackspace CTO John Engates, “OpenStack is a true meritocracy— the community gets behind an idea or effort and goes that direction. The debates add value, not risk.”
For those who couldn’t be here, here’s a lineup of the major announcements to come out of OpenStack Summit Hong Kong:
- Rackspace launches Performance Cloud Servers and adds a new region with launch of Hong Kong Public Cloud.
- A third of cloud and virtualization practitioners in China are considering OpenStack, which reinforces the importance of hosting a Summit in Hong Kong.
- Huawei, Hitachi and Aptira have been elected as Gold Members by the OpenStack Board of Directors.
- Cisco introduced accelerator packs to help customers deploy OpenStack powered clouds on Cisco UCS.
- Red Hat made a number of announcements at OpenStack Summit, including the release of RHEL OpenStack Platform 4.0 Beta, support for Foreman, a Puppet-based life-cycle management tool and support for OpenStack Orchestration (Heat) and OpenStack Networking (Neutron).
- VMware and Mirantis are “trying to uphold customer choice” by announcing a partnership to build OpenStack clouds on vSphere.
- Mark Shuttleworth of Canonical announced “OpenStack Interoperability Lab” or “OIL.” He also announced plans to work with Pivotal to build a turnkey PaaS solution for Ubuntu OpenStack.
- NetApp announced deeper integration with its storage systems, including solutions for OpenStack Havana, Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack and Rackspace Private Cloud.
- IBM announced that it has close to 400 people working on OpenStack and says that OpenStack “has the potential to change everything.”
- eNovance and Red Hat joined forces to help customers with integration and deployment services.
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