OpenStack Summit – Great Summary by Red Hat
Well titled as “OpenStack 2015 – The year of the enterprise?”, the team at Red Hat have put together a great summary of their experience at the recent OpenStack Summit in Paris. While we often chuckle at the ever famous “Year of <something>” labels, this could in fact be one of the times where it is appropriate.
Kilo Will be a True +1 to Juno
With the most recent release of Juno, now the 10th full edition of OpenStack, we have seen a strong growth in the number of contributors. This organic rise in the individual developers as well as the companies contributing code has expanded both the width and depth of features.
Existing features are becoming more versatile, scalable, and reliable as each release comes out. This is paired with a number of features and also entirely new programs such as the recently integrated Database-as-a-Service, codenamed Trove.
As the OpenStack Summit wound to a close, the Kilo Design Summit kicked up and the various programs, both integrated and incubated, began the feature proposal process. This is an exciting time for all those involved.
Enterprises are Key Customers
If the OpenStack ecosystem continues to gain adoption in the much sought after “Enterprise” market, we have to ensure that the feature set begins to match some of those provided by the more traditional virtualization suites. It isn’t that this always needs to be the case, but judging by the active conversations around high availability and live migration. Both of these features have been selling points for incumbent virtualization platforms such as VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V.
In the same way that virtualization was once new, the newness of OpenStack is being set aside as companies begin to make the move towards embracing this open source cloud ecosystem. As noted in the Red Hat article, NFV (Network Function Virtualization) is becoming another powerful carrot to enterprise customers.
While the journey may have seemed long, it may have just begun in many ways. This is definitely a topic that we will be following a lot over the coming months, especially as the Kilo release is already on schedule to arrive in the Spring of 2015 before the next OpenStack Summit in Vancouver.