Is it time to stop ignoring OpenStack?

I’m on record having said that non-tech enterprise should ignore OpenStack about 20 months ago. It’s time to revisit that point of view. The OpenStack Summit is wrapping up and the most exciting news for me is the companies adopting the platform in some meaningful way. Both Disney and Wells Fargo discussed how OpenStack is fulfilling a strategic need in their private cloud plans. Both companies are examples of organizations I said needed to adopt OpenStack before I began to say it’s a serious consideration for the enterprise.

Still missing customers in volume

I didn’t attend the summit and from what I can tell from updates via coverage, the Summit still seemed to be dominated by vendors and OpenStack contributors. As with any early adopter technology, you’d want to see some actual interest from consumers. However, there is a contrast in last year’s summit in which there were almost no customer attendance and no major examples from non-tech organizations adopting the platform

OpenStack is viewed as a strategic advantage

I’ve asked vendors about the lack of public testimonials from customers. I spoke withRandy Bias, CEO of CloudScaling and he claims his customers look at OpenStack as a strategic advantage over their competitors. As such, they don’t want to tip their hand to competitors. There may be some truth to this statement. For example, I went to the career website of Bank of America and saw plenty of requisitions for DevOp’s Engineers with experience in OpenSource cloud. I’m guessing this is a code word for OpenStack. The logic makes sense as Well Fargo and BoA are obviously huge competitors.

I’m comfortable in saying that it’s time to stop ignoring OpenStack and recommend companies start to invest some engineering and business analysts cycles into the potential applicability within their organizations.

Check out my initial thoughts on the impact of the Disney and Wells Fargo testimonials.


Published by Keith Townsend

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3 thoughts on “Is it time to stop ignoring OpenStack?

  1. The “problem” of Openstack is that you need a Support for the product, maybe if you do with Piston Cloud or maybe Red Hat Openstack Cloud Platform, it will be a success. But I know that many companies try to do by their selves, and ¿what happen when new release coming or found critical problem in production environment?
    I don’t know, maybe Openstack needs a good and strong certification program, and when a lot of Cloud Architects have this certification, maybe everyone will think about implement in production. Because if tomorrow your Cloud Architect decides to move to other comapny, you can rapidly put other person in him position.

    1. Good points. The community has begun to emphasize products versus the core project. At the end of the day most enterprises need a reliable vendor support organization behind their private cloud solution. And let’s not forget the importance of a large community of Cloud Architects that can support the platform in general.

  2. On the issue of certification, there is certification, that was an issue that was solved in previous years. It might be fragmented though. There is certification is available from Mirantis, Rackspace and Redhat.

    Anyway, the most important thing to remember, I think, is these enterprises are deploying new applications and workloads quickly.

    And these new applications can take advantage of the cloud-environment, they can be “architectured” for the cloud. Designed for the cloud from the start.

    This makes the deployment process of these new applications faster and faster to iterate. That is that agile thing, people are talking about.

    I’m pretty certain that is what they are using it for. Also pretty sure that is what Randy would or did tell you.

    Sure everyone wants to have a software defined datacenter, but it’s easier to do that with a cloud environment (first) than more traditional environments.

    Deploy it as a new environment, side by side to the traditional.

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