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.