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.