Category Archives: OpenStack

The case for an OpenStack Public Cloud WG

When OpenStack was launched five years ago, public and private clouds were equally important. The first two users were NASA and Rackspace, representing the private and public use cases, and AWS API compatibility was an important feature. People were starting to (mis)use the H word, referring to “hybrid clouds” when they really meant “hybrid applications”, […]

Two essential talks from the Vancouver OpenStack Summit

If you care about the evolution of OpenStack, there are two talks from the Vancouver Summit which you need to watch. First, Randy Bias’s State of the Stack: Then Openstack Is Doomed And It Is Your Fault by @termie (Andy Smith): This is not about what’s right or wrong (although both Randy and Andy get […]

My vBrownBag talk on Cloud Service Federation

While I was at the OpenStack Summit in Vancouver last week, I did a vBrownBag talk on the project we’re launching to federate OpenStack services.

OpenStack Podcast

I was interviewed by Niki and Jeff on the OpenStack Podcast this morning. I had a blast.

What I’m doing at Cisco: unpacking CCS

Last December I joined Cisco, and over the last nine months I’ve frequently been asked what my role is here. I didn’t say much about it, mostly because I was still figuring things out. However at this point everything looks pretty stable, and I’m pretty happy about nailing my colors to the mast. In one […]

Cloud M&A: Irrational exuberance vs. analysis

So Eucalyptus is to be swallowed up by HP, in what remains one of the most ambiguous deals in the fashion industry of cloud computing. As I tweeted in response to several contradictory assessments: @geoffarnold: @hui_kenneth @brianmccallion That’s why the studied ambiguity in the HP presser was so interesting. Should generate many tweets…. Probably the […]

“Don’t give up on OpenStack”? I’m trying not to…

Over at Information Week, Andrew Froehlich pleads “Don’t Give Up On OpenStack“. And I’m not. But as I commented, the change that is needed conflicts with one of the deepest impulses in any community-based activity, from parent-teacher organizations to open source software projects: The hardest thing for an open source project to establish is a […]

“Ubiquitous standard” vs. “open source”

Last week I wrote the following on FaceBook: I need to write a blog post about open source: specifically about those people who respond to any criticism of a project by saying, “The community is open to all – if you want to influence the project, start contributing, write code.” Because, seriously, if you want […]

Whither OpenStack: A footnote on scale

My blog yesterday Whither OpenStack was already too long, but I wish I’d included some of the points from this outstanding piece by Bernard Golden on AWS vs. CSPs: Hardware Infrastructure. You should read the whole thing, but the key message is this: Amazon, however, appears to hold the view that it is not operating […]

Whither OpenStack?

tl;dr OpenStack’s sweet spots seem to be SaaS providers and carriers. Public deployments will struggle; private clouds are difficult and may be ephemeral. Context It’s two weeks after the OpenStack Summit in Hong Kong and one week after the AWS re:Invent event in Las Vegas, and social media is full of passionate debate about the […]