How can you predict if an open source project is going to be successful? This is a question I’ve thought a lot about. I’ll be honest I’ve made the mistake of underestimating the potential of an open source project a few times in my career. I certainly remember a number of conversations while at VMware when the group all came to the conclusion that OpenStack would never get any traction. How silly do I feel now? But that begs the question: how could I have known?
This blog series highlights the people who are collaborating to create the future of SDN and NFV. Kyle is a Principal Engineer and Chief OpenStack Architect in the Office of the Cloud CTO at Cisco. He works primarily on open source projects including OpenStack, Open vSwitch, OpenDaylight and libvirt.
Madhu Venugopal is a Senior Principal Software Engineer at Red Hat Inc. He is currently involved in Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Virtualization solutions in the Office of the CTO at Red Hat. Prior to Red Hat, he worked for Cisco Systems for more than a decade.