Your services not like Amazon's? Forgettaboutit!.
To J_Brandt, yes, both APIs and service "abstractions" matter and both are needed. Wolski's stance reflects a larger debate within the OpenStack community over whether it should "follow" Amazon APIs or diverge and do the best job it can on its own. (Wolski's Eucalyptus is not part of OpenStack.) OpenStack board member Randy Bias charges the OpenStack community in the past has included representatives who irrationally fear and loath Amazon's growing power and won't touch its APIs. That debate has sorted itself out, I think, to say OpenStack will develop its own APIs but will be willing to include the APIs of other clouds. Wolski is saying, among other things, that won't be enough for compatibility. How deep are open source developers willing to go to structure OpenStack services to function like Amazon's? Would Amazon ever come around and say it will follow a shared blueprint for services with OpenStack? Right now, I would bet that thought hasn't occurred to Amazon.