OpenStack: Enterprise Cloud or Service Cloud?
Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 3:25PM
Cumulati in Cloud Infrastructure, IaaS, OpenStack, enterprise

It's instructive to look at the various schools of thought within the OpenStack community on the role of OpenStack in both enterprise and service environments.  

Consider the Rackspace view of OpenStack as the 'alternative to cloud lock-in'.  

Then witness the industry's discussion of OpenStack and its embrace of Amazon APIs that erupted around an open letter from Randy Bias of Cloudscaling, who recognized the importance of hybrid cloud solutions.  

In fact, it is precisely this hybrid cloud solution that Randy calls out as vital to OpenStack's future which "… is predicated on driving hybrid cloud compatibility with the major public clouds, and those are AWS and perhaps GCE." In other words, OpenStack with active and full support of AWS APIs, is best suited as the infrastructure of choice for the enterprise. 

It's as interesting to note how OpenStack is 'acknowledged' by its competitors in both the services (IaaS) and the enterprise infrastructure realms.  Today, we have Pat Gelsinger, VMware's CEO, with a VERY different future in mind for OpenStack -- one so different from that espoused by Randy as to cause whiplash.  

VMware CEO: OpenStack is not for the enterprise - Network World:

VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger says he doesn’t expect open source cloud project OpenStack to catch on significantly in the enterprise market, instead he says it’s more of a platform for service providers to build public clouds.
It’s a notion that others in the market have expressed in the past, but also one that OpenStack backers have tried hard to shake. 
“Where is OpenStack, we believe, going to be adopted?” Gelsinger said in an interview with Network World. “We don’t see it having great success coming into the enterprise because it’s a framework for constructing clouds. People have largely adopted and have extremely large deployments of VMware and the switching costs and so on of that are not particularly effective. Where we see it being effective though are very much in cloud providers, service providers, an area where VMware hasn’t had a lot of business in the past and thus, our strategy, we believe opens a whole new market for us to go pursue.”

I'm now waiting to find someone 'official' from AWS to weigh in on an 'appropriate' future in which OpenStack plays a part.  That ought to be just as interesting -- in an academic sort of way.  Anyone have an enlightening quote from AWS about OpenStack?

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