OpenStack Summit Helped Bring the Cloud to Earth

By Sean M. Kerner  |  Posted 2014-05-22

The OpenStack Juno Summit from May 12 to 16 provided users, vendors and developers of the open-source cloud platform with a forum to discuss ideas and innovations. The OpenStack initiative got started in 2010 as a joint effort of NASA and Rackspace, and has grown to include tech heavyweights such as including IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Cisco and AT&T. The OpenStack Juno Summit, with more than 4,500 registered attendees, was the largest OpenStack Summit yet. OpenStack holds a summit every six months, which is also how often milestone releases debut. An OpenStack Summit isn't just about what has already been done in OpenStack; it is also a design summit, where the next major release is discussed. The OpenStack Icehouse platform was released April 17, and Juno, the next major release, is set to debut by year's end. At the summit, big news from the OpenStack Foundation was the debut of the OpenStack Marketplace as an online facility to make it easier for users to find products and services. As a physical manifestation of the online marketplace, the OpenStack Summit exhibit hall had a marketplace theme to emphasize the new initiative. Flip through highlights from the summit.


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