2A 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.
3OpenStack 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.
4A Solid Foundation Emerges
5Big 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.
6Big Projects Built on OpenStack Are Deployed
7What Quantum Did for OpenStack
8Hear the Grizzly Roar
9Worldwide User Adoption Rates
102013 and a Smorgasbord of Choices: The Good Side
112013 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.
12What’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.