What people talk about when they talk about OpenStack Cloud
December 13, 2012
There’s enough going on in the OpenStack ecosystem that you can pretty much find a comfortable niche drilling down on anything from hypervisor compatibility to driver support to who’s in the foundation. But as you find yourself working on IaaS, whether from a deployment automation perspective or just building out your cloud, it’s useful to take a step back and see where things are headed.
Two posts by members of the OpenStack Board in the last week or two highlight some key issues and opportunities. First, an interview with Mirantis co-founder Boris Renski at the Dell TechCenter blog by Dell Evangelist Rafael Knuth from Berlin, takes a look at the state of progress for OpenStack, with an eye on the way forward.
My key observation is that the right time to take the long view of OpenStack is now. Read the full interview here.
A second interesting discussion about the state of play for OpenStack is in video, courtesy of the Venturebeat CloudBeat 2012 conference. In this discussion, OpenStack Foundation Board Members Lew Tucker of Cisco (he’s vice-chair of the board) and Randy Bias of Cloudscaling (his blog a is a must-read in the world of OpenStack) look at the implications of OpenStack for compute applications that are already out there:
What’s most compelling about this conversation is how Randy contrasts OpenStack with legacy architectures that once seemed irreplaceable — in particular, mainframes. The fact that mainframe emulation can still run mainframe software does not mean that the mainframe going forward is the platform of choice.
The clear implication is that while monolithic big-box-failover platforms for applications can be virtualized, it does not mean that the future is about monolithic-big-footprint VMs running those same applications as-is. You can see the rest of the VentureBeat conference details here.7 comments
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