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PayPal Declares It's 100% OpenStack Cloud

After a three-year migration, PayPal says it has implemented its own OpenStack cloud for close to 100% of its operations, making it one of the largest financial services OpenStack clouds in production.

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Charlie Babcock
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3/31/2015 | 1:49:49 PM
PayPal's hard won expertise
OpenStack has been described as hard to implement, requiring professional consulting, open source that leads to proprietary code-like expenses to install. That said, PayPal has found it a worthwhile investment to get OpenStack up and running as its new data center infrastructure. The hard won expertise will hopefully keep it running.
pcharles09
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3/31/2015 | 9:45:23 PM
Re: PayPal's hard won expertise
@Charlie B,

From what I've heard, it's tough to get started with OpenStack but once it's running, with the right documentation, it works well.
zerox203
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3/31/2015 | 10:47:08 PM
Re: Paypal Declares It's 100% OpenStack Cloud
Thanks for the coverage, Charlie. We hear a lot about the steam being picked up by OpenStack, OpenDaylight, etc. implementations at larger and larger companies, but few could be as notable as this one. I would say when PayPal speaks up, others (particularly in their industry) are inclined to listen. Financial companies citing endless compliance concerns, legacy systems they just can't do without, and culture that just won't change, may find themselves running out of excuses. PayPal made all that work and, to hear them tell it, gained a positive net benefit in their culture and in their processes in ways we wouldn't typically consider directly related to their infrastructure. One would think they can and have applied that schema of patching and upgrading to other areas of their business.

Even though Paypal was a pioneer in online payments, their name still comes to mind when you think of stodgy giants that are loathe to change. I personally dreaded to see Paypal as the only available payment option for whatever I was buying once upon a time, but have noticed stark improvements in their  convenience (re: speed) and customer service in recent years. I suspect this not unrelated to all the developments Mr. Shivananda is talking about here. I'd call this a lesson on how an agility-oriented shakeup can have a direct benefit on customers and their perception of you. I'd also say that if someone in PayPal's position (big, monolithic, security-oriented) can do it, anyone can do it.
ChrisMurphy
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3/31/2015 | 11:18:33 PM
Re: PayPal's hard won expertise
Mr. Shivananda will be speaking about the future of the data center at the InformationWeek Conference, April 27 & 28 in Las Vegas. There's still time for IT leaders to join us there -- check InformationWeek.com/conference for details and registration. 
shakeeb
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3/31/2015 | 11:45:05 PM
Re: PayPal's hard won expertise
@Charlie – It's great to see PayPal achieving the objective of moving to OpenStack, I hope that they could retain that status without any operational problems. 
shakeeb
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3/31/2015 | 11:46:20 PM
Re: PayPal's hard won expertise
@pcharles – Were you referring to user manuals and technical manuals when referring to "Right documentation" ?         
GAProgrammer
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4/1/2015 | 9:20:50 AM
Re: Paypal Declares It's 100% OpenStack Cloud
@Xerox - I agree with most of your post, except the last line - essentially, if PayPal can do it anyone can. Not everyone has the talent, the team size, or the deep pockets to pull this kind of move off. While it is easy for many of us in IT to see these types of benefits, the corporate suite isn't always on board. Something like this definintely takes vision by the CEO and not all companies have a CEO like that. I will agree that companies that have that trifecta should be doing it yesterday.
batye
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4/2/2015 | 1:17:38 AM
Re: Paypal Declares It's 100% OpenStack Cloud
@zerox203, interesting observation, I think Paypal must change a lot of the thing to be competative in the market this days...
batye
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4/2/2015 | 1:20:26 AM
Re: PayPal's hard won expertise
@pcharles same question here "Right documentation" ??? could you please share more... what is refered to...???
batye
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4/2/2015 | 1:26:46 AM
Re: Paypal Declares It's 100% OpenStack Cloud
@GAProgrammer interesting point... I think PayPal could afford it... how I see it... 
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