OpenStack Summit Boston

Alive and Kicking

Article from Issue 201/2017

Contrary to rumors, OpenStack is far from dead.

Jonathan Bryce, the executive director of the OpenStack Foundation, kick-started OpenStack Summit Boston by quoting a tweet: "OpenStack is as good as dead." He was referring to the continuous flow of stories that OpenStack is losing momentum. He presented a fact-based counterargument demonstrating the continuous growth of OpenStack.

The Foundation conducts regular surveys to keep a tab on usage. According to the latest survey, OpenStack deployments have grown 44 percent year after year. Bryce said that more than 50 percent of Fortune 100 companies are running OpenStack. It's a global phenomenon. OpenStack is powering over five million cores of compute power, spread across 80 countries. And two-thirds of these deployments are in production.

Bryce cited some of the reasons behind this growth. One reason is the evolution of the ecosystem and usage beyond hyperscale public clouds. He called it the second generation of cloud where a new consumption model has popped up – the remotely managed private cloud. It allows companies of all sizes to consume OpenStack.


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