OpenStack Makes Strides Despite Persistent Identity Problem

By Scot Petersen  |  Posted 2016-05-02 Print this article Print
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"Telcos spend so much on technology because they operate in silos—there's the Cisco silo, the Juniper silo, the Dell silo—all over the place," Renski said. "That hinders the pace of innovation. They need to be able to leverage assets and move fast, with a cloud-like infrastructure, a single fabric, a single set of APIs. OpenStack can solve that."

One other interesting use case is around the aforementioned "people." If businesses are looking to modernize their IT processes, learning how to deploy OpenStack is an excellent proving ground.

OpenStack Foundation Chief Operating Officer Mark Collier talked at the Summit about how adopting OpenStack doesn't automatically make an organization cloud savvy. One user's initial go-round didn't fare well because "they realized the importance of the technology but hadn't changed the culture and process around it," he said. With those lessons learned, subsequent efforts were more successful. "If your culture is not ready to take advantage of the technology, you will miss out on the opportunity."

Getting back to that Wikipedia definition, that line doesn't say "public" or "private" cloud computing. It's just cloud. The distinctions are not important anymore. Public, private and hybrid refer where the cloud is, but cloud really is becoming about enabling a new way of computing. The Cloud Native Computing Foundation defines it as container-based, dynamically managed and micro-services oriented.

It's useful to consider that client/server computing lasted almost 30 years as a predominant computing model and the cloud isn't half that age yet. But things are changing quickly. Polvi showed that you don't even need OpenStack to deploy OpenStack. He demonstrated CoreOS' new Stacknetes, a collaboration with Intel and Mirantis designed to deploy OpenStack as a set of container-based services.

Polvi's demonstration was a bit of a magic trick and was more a proof of concept than a realistic use case. But the point is that cloud technology can pretty much do whatever you want it to do and whatever you want to do with cloud technology you can do with OpenStack. Now, what was it you wanted to do?

Scot Petersen is a technology analyst at Ziff Brothers Investments, a private investment firm. He has an extensive background in the technology field. Prior to joining Ziff Brothers, Scot was the editorial director, Business Applications & Architecture, at TechTarget. Before that, he was the director, Editorial Operations, at Ziff Davis Enterprise. While at Ziff Davis Media, he was a writer and editor at eWEEK. No investment advice is offered in his blog. All duties are disclaimed. Scot works for a private investment firm, which may at any time invest in companies whose products are discussed in this blog, and no disclosure of securities transactions will be made.



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