Second Generation Cloud: OpenStack Summit Day 1 Keynote Recap

The 15th bi-annual OpenStack Summit kicked off Monday in Boston, drawing thousands of community members from around the world.

This is the second time the Summit has been held in Boston; the first time occurred back when the attendance was measured in the hundreds. And just as attendance has grown tremendously, so have adoption rates and use cases for OpenStack.

OpenStack Foundation Executive Director Jonathan Bryce opened the Summit by anchoring a series of keynotes illustrating OpenStack’s position as the building block for a second generation of cloud computing.

OpenStack was a product of the first generation of cloud computing and has thrived, even in the midst of growing pains. According to the most recent OpenStack User Survey, OpenStack deployments had grown by 44 percent year over year, with the total number of compute cores managed by OpenStack clouds now exceeding five million. As proof that OpenStack has moved beyond its initial criticism of “science project,” 67 percent of OpenStack deployments are considered in production.

If the first generation of cloud was characterized by a focus on virtualization and building hyper scale public and private clouds, the second generation is characterized by newer technologies, such as containers and multi-clouds. In this second generation, OpenStack addresses the use cases of not only hyper scale companies, but also more traditional enterprises. Bryce categorized these use cases under the headings of capabilities, cost and compliance.

OpenStack customers Verizon, AT&T and eBay appeared on stage to discuss how they used the capabilities of OpenStack as the underpinning for their next generation of cloud applications. Verizon described its Virtual Network Services product, which leverages containerized “OpenStack in a box” to provide programmable network services at edge locations. AT&T highlighted how it used OpenStack to build its on-demand video streaming service, while eBay described how it used Kubernetes on OpenStack for container management, to build its next generation microservices applications.

U.S. Army Cyber School official describes how OpenStack is used to train future cyber warriors.

Next up, the U.S. Army Cyber School shared how OpenStack helped it cut costs while providing up-to-date, relevant and accurate technical content for training soldiers. Using OpenStack to host the compute for their classes allowed Cyber School nstructors to focus on creating quality content while saving millions on platform related expenses such as software licensing costs.

GE Healthcare then took center stage to talk about how deploying OpenStack addressed compliance needs for workloads that cannot be migrated to public cloud platforms. GE met this need by adopting a consumption model for private clouds that the OpenStack Foundation now recognizes as “Remotely Managed Private Clouds.” In this model, users such as GE consume a private cloud hosted on its premises, but which is managed remotely by providers — in GE’s case, by Rackspace.

GE’s Patrick Weeks describes the benefits of using Rackspace’s OpenStack private cloud. Click the image to watch the keynote video.

Click to learn why GE Healthcare chose Rackspace Private Cloud as its Remotely Managed Private Cloud of choice and why after deploying it, as one architect marveled, “This platform must be made of awesome.”

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Kenneth Hui was a Senior Technical Marketing Engineer and Cloud Solutions Architect at Rackspace. Ken has 20+ years of experience in the IT industry and is passionate about helping customers with their cloud computing journey. He lives in New York City where he can indulge in his love of great food from all around the world. You can follow Ken on Twitter @kenhuiny.

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