OpenStack Summit Digs Into Containers, Cloud Maturity

VIDEO: The COO and executive director of the OpenStack Foundation discuss the evolution of OpenStack, and why containers are a key part moving forward.

AUSTIN, Texas--At the OpenStack Summit here, the promise and the reality of the open-source cloud platform is being discussed and debated. In a press conference at the event, executives from the OpenStack Foundation and its supporters provided some insight into how OpenStack is being used and how it has changed over the last 18 months.

The workloads where OpenStack is being used today are quite different from those of 18 months ago, according to Jonathan Bryce, executive director of the OpenStack Foundation. A big addition has been the carrier network-functions virtualization (NFV) workloads, which Bryce attributes partially to the maturity of OpenStack.

"We have also seen more models emerge inside of organizations for how to adopt OpenStack, and it has given people the ability to use it in ways they never would have dared using it before," he said.

A key theme of the April 26 keynotes will be the emergence of containers and how that relates to OpenStack. Alex Polvi, CEO of CoreOS, emphatically explained that containers are not competitive with OpenStack.

"Container-based infrastructure at the end of the day is about deploying and managing applications," Polvi said.

He added that OpenStack is an application that manages infrastructure and the multiple capabilities that applications need, including storage, networking and authentication.

Watch the full OpenStack video 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.