OpenStack at Age 3: 11 Major Milestones in Its Evolution

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2013-06-17 Print this article Print

OpenStack is a cloud computing infrastructure for building private clouds based on open-source software available for use under Apache open-source licensing terms. In the nearly three years since the OpenStack initiative was spun out from the confines of RackSpace and the NASA software development group, and in the eight months since the independent OpenStack Foundation was launched, the concept of users and developers reshaping how companies design, deploy and manage their infrastructure has grown from just that—a concept—to a fast-evolving model. It's a model that is actually making deadlines and getting CIOs and IT execs to commit their companies' information technology structure to the model. The OpenStack project saw a lot of growth in 2012 from the new governance model, and the momentum is expected to continue this year and in the coming years. The value proposition of OpenStack is too great to ignore. In this slide show, eWEEK and James Turnbull, vice president of business development at Puppet Labs and a member of the foundation board, outline some major milestones for OpenStack and his predictions on where the platform is going this year and beyond.

  • OpenStack at Age 3: 11 Major Milestones in Its Evolution

    by Chris Preimesberger
    1 - OpenStack at Age 3: 11 Major Milestones in Its Evolution
  • A Private Cloud Is Born

    In July 2010, Rackspace Hosting and NASA created OpenStack, an open-source cloud computing operating system, designed to take on the likes of VMware's vSphere, Microsoft's Azure, CloudStack and Amazon AWS. Citrix and Dell are among the key partners. The community's first official release, code-named Austin, becomes available just four months later with plans to release regular updates of the software every few months.
    2 - A Private Cloud Is Born
  • OpenStack Is Born

    In 2011, OpenStack rolled out version 2, Diablo, which ended up not being very easy to use and was later replaced by version 3, Folsom. Additionally, there was controversy in the community around the transparency of the project and Rackspace's control. Talks began about starting a governing party to add more transparency to the project.
    3 - OpenStack Is Born
  • A Solid Foundation Emerges

    In 2012, OpenStack made great strides by expanding its governance model. The board of directors formed and raised $10 million to support operations.
    4 - A Solid Foundation Emerges
  • Big Names Offer Support

    Big names also decided to support the OpenStack initiative, including EMC, VMware and Red Hat—to name a few. Adding these big names to the roster drove more big players and community members to get involved and helped expand the project for greater potential, as Rackspace noted during the OpenStack and Design Summit in April of 2012.
    5 - Big Names Offer Support
  • Big Projects Built on OpenStack Are Deployed

    Large in-production deployments (Comcast and WebEx) in 2012 helped spark interest in the project and enticed more OpenStack projects. These production deployments served as proof points that the software was maturing.
    6 - Big Projects Built on OpenStack Are Deployed
  • What Quantum Did for OpenStack

    In October 2012, the Folsom release added the most important new component to OpenStack, Quantum. Quantum is more robust and replaces the networking functionality in Nova.
    7 - What Quantum Did for OpenStack
  • Hear the Grizzly Roar

    In April 2013, OpenStack Grizzly was the seventh release of the open-source software and had more than 230 new features. This release was another sign of OpenStack's increasing maturity. However, there are still major barriers to OpenStack projects being out-of-the-box production-ready.
    8 - Hear the Grizzly Roar
  • Worldwide User Adoption Rates

    The adoption of OpenStack has seen a major uptick internationally in the last year, especially in China and India, and keeps growing. Today, there are a total of 16 U.S.-based groups, 40 groups outside the U.S and more than 9,000 community members in 87 different countries.
    9 - Worldwide User Adoption Rates
  • 2013 and a Smorgasbord of Choices: The Good Side

    There are a number of private cloud offerings for OpenStack today, including Hewlett-Packard, eNovance, Rackspace, Red Hat and DreamHost. The competition and added involvement has accelerated development and promotes diversity of choices in platforms.
    10 - 2013 and a Smorgasbord of Choices: The Good Side
  • 2013 and a Smorgasbord of Choices: The Bad Side

    Some of the players that have thrown their hats in the ring will not be around in a few years. Tech companies often get acquired or fade out. You might be running on a platform that does not exist in the future. Be sure to research the offering, the company and, most importantly, the communities attached to the platform. The larger the community, the greater the asset if the platform is lost.
    11 - 2013 and a Smorgasbord of Choices: The Bad Side
  • What's to Come? Ease of Use Becomes, Well, Easier

    As the number of users and contributors grows, more bugs are identified and squashed, leading to a more stable and more user-friendly OpenStack.
    12 - What's to Come? Ease of Use Becomes, Well, Easier

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