OpenStack Defines Itself in Hong Kong

VIDEO: Jonathan Bryce, executive director of the OpenStack Foundation, talks about where the open-source cloud is headed.

HONG KONG--The open-source OpenStack Foundation held its Summit event here this week talking about current achievements and defining a path for the road ahead.

Helping to oversee that direction is Jonathan Bryce, executive director of the OpenStack Foundation. In an exclusive eWEEK video interview, Bryce details the progress discussed in Hong Kong.

Part of that progress is the expanding interest in the platform in Asia. Of the the 3,000 registered attendees at the event in Hong Kong, 45 percent were from Asia. That figure stands in contrast to OpenStack's previous Summit events, which have all been held in the U.S., with only 6 percent of attendees coming from Asia.

One of the key topics discussed at the event was what OpenStack is about at its core.

"The purpose of the discussion is to come up with a baseline of what needs to be present in a cloud for it to be useful," Bryce said.

The core definition of what OpenStack is all about is also critical for interoperability across OpenStack clouds as the definition stipulates what needs to be part of the platform. By having a common core definition, a common set of tools can be used across disparate cloud and workloads can be moved across different OpenStack deployments.

"That's a big part of the promise of OpenStack," Bryce said. "There is a global footprint of OpenStack clouds, both public and private, that can leverage the same technologies."

Watch the full video interview with Bryce below:

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at eWEEK and Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

Sean Michael Kerner

Sean Michael Kerner

Sean Michael Kerner is an Internet consultant, strategist, and contributor to several leading IT business web sites.