OpenStack Marketplace Opens Up Cloud Ecosystem
There are a lot of different OpenStack cloud technology vendors, training options and compatible drivers, and now there is a place to find them all.ATLANTA—The OpenStack Foundation today announced the official debut of the OpenStack Marketplace as a source to help organizations navigate the increasingly complex world of OpenStack cloud technologies. The announcement came during the OpenStack Summit running May 12-16 here. The OpenStack Marketplace is the continuation of multiple efforts to help the open-source cloud platform grow its market share. In September 2013, the OpenStack Foundation announced the Training Marketplace, which is now being integrated into the larger OpenStack Marketplace offering. The new Marketplace includes multiple categories based on an organization's consumption model for cloud services, Johnathan Bryce, executive director of the OpenStack Foundation, explained to eWEEK. Those categories include infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) vendors, OpenStack distributions, consultants, training and compatible drivers. The Marketplace isn't just a simple listing of services and vendors either. There are multiple degrees of technical qualification in the initial iteration of the marketplace, with more to come.
The OpenStack Foundation owns the OpenStack trademark, which is a key control point, Mark Collier, chief operating officer of the OpenStack Foundation, told eWEEK. Organizations that wish to use the name "OpenStack" as part of their product or service need to sign an agreement with the OpenStack Foundation. For OpenStack IaaS and distribution vendors, there is an ongoing effort known as "Defcore," which is aiming to provide a baseline set of requirements that define what actually constitutes a compatible OpenStack cloud platform.