June 6, 2013

Do High-Profile OpenStack Departures Spell Trouble?

In a major announcement from Dell Computer last month, the company announced that its public cloud ecosystem and strategy will be centered on partners Joyent, ScaleMatrix and ZeroLag, and will emphasize recent acquisition Enstratius. That represented a very major reversal of its plans to deliver public cloud services based on the open source OpenStack cloud platform. Meanwhile, IBM--which has been firmly in the OpenStack camp--is spending billions to buy SoftLayer for its cloud computing infrastructure tools and services.

All of this is what I was getting at in my recent post, "In Five Years, Expect Far Fewer OpenStack Service Providers."  OpenStack has had much more hype than it has had deployments so far, despite its massive promise.

 

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