OpenStack Building the Cloud for the Next 50 Years (and Beyond)

VIDEO: Two OpenStack Foundation executives talk about what has gone wrong, what has gone right and what's next for the open-source cloud.

BARCELONA, Spain—When OpenStack got started in 2010, it was a relatively small effort with only two companies involved. Over the last six years, that situation has changed dramatically with OpenStack now powering telecom, retail and scientific cloud computing platforms for some of the largest organizations in the world.

At the OpenStack Summit here this week, OpenStack Foundation's Jonathan Bryce, executive director, and Mark Collier, chief operating officer, sat down for a video interview with eWEEK to discuss where the cloud effort has made mistakes, where it is progressing and why OpenStack will be running in production for the next 50 years, or more.

In Barcelona, one of the most famous landmarks is the Sagrada Familia, a massive basilica designed by Antoni GaudĂ­. Construction began on the Sagrada Familia in 1882, and it continues today and is not likely to be finished until at least 2026.

Turning to OpenStack, will it be an unfinished work 100 years from now?

"OpenStack will never be completed, that's the beauty of software," Bryce said. "When we come together at these events, we're actually doing something that will impact computing and, therefore, everything that people do on the planet for decades and decades to come."

While OpenStack might not have a 150-year construction timeline like the Sagrada Familia, it does have at least one major deployment that has a long-term perspective. The next big science effort, known as the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) radio telescope, is going to be using OpenStack and the plan is to have it deployed for at least 50 years.

Watch the full video interview below:

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at eWEEK and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

Sean Michael Kerner

Sean Michael Kerner

Sean Michael Kerner is an Internet consultant, strategist, and contributor to several leading IT business web sites.