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OpenStack Wins Developers' Hearts, But Not IT's Minds
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cbabcock
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cbabcock,
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11/22/2013 | 4:58:36 PM
Re: Linux was a 10-year adoption in the enterprise
Yes, Linux started out slowly in the enterprise, but circumstances have changed. There's much wider recognition of the value of open source code now than when Linus sequestered himself in his bedroom to develop Linux. It turned into one of the largest, sustained software projects of all time. Not clear OpenStack can do that. Linus provided a guiding hand and discriminating filter through wihich additions had to pass. On a project with as many big companies as OpenStack's, often cited as a strength, the elephants dance  but no caller provides overall direction. One outcome: see reservations of Photobucket admins in Photobucket Pictures Its Future On OpenStack. http://www.informationweek.com/cloud/infrastructure-as-a-service/photobucket-pictures-its-future-on-openstack/d/d-id/1112740?

 
SteveStrutt
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11/22/2013 | 6:39:41 AM
Re: Linux was a 10 year adoption in the enterprise
Agreed OpenStack will only be successful if it can keep both developers and enterprises on board. The challenge for the Foundation is keeping both the opensource purists and the enterprise pragmatists on side. Most of the noise and hot air I see coming is from the purists. But its the pragmatists that will make ensure it is widely deployed.

It was possible with Linux and I hope possible with OpenStack, as there is real benefit for both ends of the spectrum. Essentially they both want the same things, freedom of choice, avoidance of vendor lock in, comprehensive API set.
samicksha
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samicksha,
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11/22/2013 | 2:00:12 AM
Re: Linux was a 10 year adoption in the enterprise
I agree you steve, Developers can automate access or build tools to manage their resources using the native OpenStack API, but do you account IT for same.
Li Tan
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Li Tan,
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11/22/2013 | 1:34:16 AM
Re: OpenStack for new apps; do you buy that?
This is the real world in which we live - you cannot easily get valuable things for free. OpenStack itself is not mature yet and we need more deployment in real life to see how it really works. Especailly, whether or not it can bring concrete business value to IaaS service providers.
SteveStrutt
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SteveStrutt,
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11/21/2013 | 5:15:10 AM
Linux was a 10 year adoption in the enterprise
10 years ago would enterprises thought they would have adopted Linux on the scale they are doing today. An emphatic no, but it has been an astonishing success. OpenStack is on the same path.

I work with enterprises and an increasing number are seriously looking at OpenStack. One or two of the bold have already started, though have a strong opensource background and their own developers. The majority are waiting for the easy to install, simple to maintain package, that delivers a hardware agnostic platform with a standard set of open APIs for management of cloud IaaS. It also has to be enterprise ready and offer the manageability and ease of use of VMware. Alongside the existing scale out commodity model.

2014 will be the year when OpenStack breaks into the enterprise. Havana released support for N+1 upgrades and optimised workload scheduling/balancing is in the pipeline. The direction is to provide the ability to manage both older "legacy" services and the new agile born on the cloud apps that dominate our waking hours.
samicksha
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samicksha,
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11/21/2013 | 2:43:52 AM
Re: OpenStack for new apps; do you buy that?
Open stack is still open for discussion, devolopers try and make it easy easy for IT to use any device for any service, but being in IT i dont think its making much differnce as if now, whenever we buy any proprietry server in maximum cases we do get limited duration of services and support for free and meanwhile IT engineers get themselves groomed on same to support after free services from vendor gets over.
Li Tan
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Li Tan,
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11/21/2013 | 1:20:13 AM
Re: OpenStack for new apps; do you buy that?
I think for business IT, it will still take sometime to adopt OpenStack, considering that the future is not very clear for the moment. Many developers try to put in a plug for OpenStack but there are many things to concern beyong technology - legacy applications, private virtualization solutions, etc. I would like to keep my finger crossed and see how the things will go from here.:-)
cbabcock
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cbabcock,
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11/20/2013 | 4:24:35 PM
OpenStack for new apps; do you buy that?
Open source OpenStack is in an uphill battle against proprietary forces inside the data center, in particular Microsoft and VMware, and public cloud services outside it, primarily Amazon Web Services. It is a two front war and not at all clear that OpenStack will get the upper hand. Kemp, as chief startegy officer of a young OpenStack company, is arguing that new applications will need to use masses of Web site visitor data or masses of customer interaction information and do so on a scale that will benefit the company. VMware and Microsoft have virtualized legacy systems. Use OpenStack for the new kinds of applications that you will need in the future. It's a leap, but I think he's onto something.
Steve Wylie
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Steve Wylie,
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11/20/2013 | 1:15:13 PM
Conference attendees vote with their feet
We just wrapped up Cloud Connect Chicago last month and our OpenStack Bootcamp was the most attended workshop for our largely enterprise IT-centric audience.  Chris makes a good case in this post and i think it's just a matter of time before we see more IT interest in OpenStack.
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Kim Davis,
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11/20/2013 | 12:14:59 PM
A Future for Open Stack?
I think Open Stack does have a future for those tools and apps which can be hosted on public clouds; but the idea that enterprises will migrate everything to public clouds seems increasingly unlikely.


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