Did NASA ditch OpenStack for Amazon?

I don’t like where the perception of OpenStack is heading. HP is using it as part of their private cloud solution but did not marketing it at all in their recent announcements surrounding their cloud offerings.

Now NASA seems to be backing off what was an high profile backing of the solution just under 2 years ago. Other than adding IBM, Oracle and Redhat to the roster of contributors OpenStack hasn’t had much positive momentum.

I’m hoping for a win on the marketing front sooner than later. Hopefully, Rackspace has a big customer win up their sleeve. Sounds like OpenStack could use some positive press.


If folks were given to reading tea leaves, they might read a lot into a recent blog post by NASA CIO Linda Cureton in which she discussed IT reform at the U.S. space agency.

She mentioned a few specific cloud computing efforts, including a project at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory that uploaded 250,000 photos of Mars onto Windows Azure, Microsoft’s(s msft) cloud computing platform as a service. The resulting Be A Martian initiative served up more than 2.5 million data queries, “proving that the cloud can be a terrific way to reach and engage the public,” she wrote.

She also said Amazon Web Services(s amzn) played a big role at NASA:

NASA shifted to a new web services model that uses Amazon Web Services for cloud-based enterprise infrastructure. This cloud-based model supports a wide variety of web applications and sites using an interoperable, standards-based, and secure environment while providing almost a…

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