OpenStack Advances as Corporate Open Cloud Platform of Choice in 2014

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2014-02-07

OpenStack continued another year of strong momentum in 2013, with a growing base of contributors, a new release (Grizzly) and hundreds of new corporate deployments around the world. But as a project grows, so do the opportunities for some to criticize OpenStack in areas such as governance, politics and ease of use. In July 2010, NASA and Rackspace teamed up to launch the OpenStack open-source cloud software initiative to support enterprises with cloud-computing services running on standard hardware. eWEEK Senior Editor Sean Michael Kerner notes that today that platform has evolved to include networking, orchestration and monitoring, and even more services are on the way in the upcoming Icehouse release. Meanwhile, for a better look into OpenStack's future, eWEEK spoke with Alan Clark, SUSE's director of industry initiatives, emerging standards and open source—and also the board chairman of the OpenStack Foundation. Clark believes 2014 will be the year OpenStack silences its critics and takes another big step forward as the open cloud platform of choice. Here are eight of his key predictions for OpenStack this year.


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