OpenStack at large in open source: Voices from OSCON 2013, Part 2

OSCON pretty much wound up today, with some pretty lively discussions about open source and OpenStack, and a fine party where we celebrated OpenStack’s third birthday. And we got to talk some more to a broad representation of people pushing OpenStack ahead, continuing some of the conversations we posted yesterday.

One inevitable result of the rapid growth in the total size of the OpenStack project set is that focus of  the collective effort needs clear direction. Rob Hirschfeld, OpenStack board member and longtime Dell OpenStack pioneer, set forth 12 specific ‘straw man’ position proposals about “What is Core” on his blog. Put another way, what does OpenStack have to be going into its next three years? Here’s what he had to say.

Of all the things that have kept HP in the news, OpenStack cloud is unquestionably a bright spot, and HP is betting big on it as part of their transition from a storied past to a 21st century computing leader. Dave Nielsen, HP cloud evangelist, talked to us about how pursuit of the open source strategy is playing out for HP and some of the ways in which they expect to take advantage of it to reach developers.

Finally, let’s get more secure. Security is a word  (alongside compliance) that gets thrown around a by cloud skeptics as a key reason with public clouds. So we were pleasantly surprised to talk to Rand Wacker of CloudPassage, who brought us up to speed with work that’s gone on to address this with OpenStack cloud.

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