OpenStack Summit Highlights Cloud's Global Influence

By Sean M. Kerner  |  Posted 2013-11-08

HONG KONG—The open-source OpenStack Foundation held its semiannual Design Summit here Nov. 5-8, discussing all manner of topics related to the cloud. As the first OpenStack Summit held outside of the United States, the event had a strong emphasis throughout on the global nature of the OpenStack cloud platform and, more specifically, the high levels of interest, participation and deployment of the platform in China. According to data released at the Hong Kong event, China is now home to more OpenStack developers than anywhere else in the world. China is also home to some of the largest OpenStack deployments on Earth, including one with Qihoo 360, a Beijing-based online security and mobile vendor. Qihoo 360 is using OpenStack to provide cloud-based security for 450 million users. Ctrip, which is the largest travel Website in China, is also an OpenStack user. Ctrip is using OpenStack to, among other things, eliminate physical desktop operating systems through a cloud-delivered virtual desktop infrastructure service for its call center staff. In addition, the event included keynotes from some of the largest IT vendors in the world, including HP and IBM. Linux vendors were also well-represented, with both Red Hat and Ubuntu Linux providing color on their respective views on the OpenStack cloud. In this slide show, eWEEK takes a look at some of the sights of OpenStack's big week in Hong Kong.


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