Cloud Computing

OpenStack Summit: "We're at a major inflection point in the cloud"

The opening key note for this year’s OpenStack Summit in Boston provides the usual growth story for the highly influential open source cloud computing platform, OpenStack. Since its launch in 2010 OpenStack has grown to power some of the biggest online global businesses – like eBay which uses it to run 95% of its traffic. The latest user survey show 44% more deployments than a year ago while 451 Group predicts that the market will reach $5 billion by 2020.

Jonathan Bryce, executive director of the OpenStack Foundation believes this is part and parcel of the wider growth of the cloud. He describes what we’re seeing now as “a major inflection point in the cloud”. Today there are numerous different use cases and deployments for the cloud and many companies require a variety of options, including a mixture of both internal cloud and public cloud.

“Some people may be surprised by the growth of the private cloud,” Bryce says, but he believes we are now seeing the second generation of private clouds. The challenges of the first generation were all about technology and talent, he explains, now they about business culture and processes.

“The big part that sometimes gets lost is that the entire market is growing,” he stresses. “If AWS does great it doesn’t mean OpenStack lose.”

Bryce also highlights that with the increased use of IoT, edge computing is rapidly emerging as a use case, along with a growing use of containers.

This year’s user findings reveal that for the first time avoiding vendor lock-in is more important than cost for OpenStack users. Previously price always emerged as the most important factor for choosing OpenStack, now the open nature of the project appears to have come into its own.


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