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Rackspace, OpenStack and the Multiplicity of Clouds

While some wish to view OpenStack as a failure, the open source initiative serves a purpose and is a fit for a growing number of organizations.

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9/11/2017 | 2:19:50 PM
OpenStack will always have a bright future
Well, I have great respect for Mr. Kepes and he may be right about the future of OpenStack.  It is true that legacy IT incumbents like IBM and HP were posers when it came to public cloud computing.  Mostly they pulled out their checkbooks and hoped for the best. Rackspace as a serious challenger to AWS was never in the cards, especially after Rackspace made a pivot to service as opposed to price, but even that wasn't going to be enough to succeed in public cloud computing. Microsoft had ambitions in the public cloud every since Mr. Ballmer said the company was "all in" on cloud computing back in 2009. Microsoft is succeeding and is now the #2 player in public cloud computing.  Google is finally taking the business of public cloud computing at the enterprise level more seriously. Google's networks, infrastructure, and ability to invest in what it needs will keep them in the public cloud computing competition.  OpenStack's commercialization has largely fallen flat. Nebula failed. Piston Cloud Computing failed. Rackspace failed. Mirantis, Red Hat and SUSE are carrying the banner for OpenStack private clouds while OpenStack private cloud platform managers like Platform9 and ZeroStack have worked to make OpenStack consumable by managing it for their customers.  The enterprise crowd with deep pockets and lots of talent have managed to implement OpenStack private clouds. The long-term issue is will OpenStack ever be able to keep up with technological advances being made in the public cloud by AWS, Microsoft, and Google?  If not, then will OpenStack private cloud users be content to fall off the cutting edge over time?
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