It’s a tie: Paddy Power Betfair and UKCloud won the Superuser Award at the OpenStack Summit Boston.


BOSTON — For the first time, two super users won the title of OpenStack Superuser: Paddy Power Betfair and UKCloud.

After weeks of reviews and deliberation by the OpenStack community and Superuser editorial advisors, it was declared a tie between the two. China mobile’s Gangyi Luo and Jun Yao, representing the previous winner, handed the title to the two teams on the Boston keynote stage.

Paddy Power Betfair built a true dev/0ps and continuous delivery model for developers using OpenStack as the middleware. They’ve also migrated 25 percent of production applications onto OpenStack in a year, for over 100 applications total. They grew from 500 deployments a week to over 1,000 deployments a day using the OpenStack APIs to increase time-to-market.

UKCloud is the leading infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) provider to the United Kingdom public sector with a 38 percent share on G-Cloud–the framework set up by the UK government for IT procurement. From online tax returns with HMRC, complex data analytics at Genomics England and integrated vehicle and driver records at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (all hosted on UKCloud), pooling central government resources and moving them to the cloud has resulted in £600 million in savings, leading to the UK being recognized by the United Nations as the most digitally advanced government in the world.

The winners competed against stellar finalists City Network and MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL)   and nominees Ocado Technology, Snapdeal and  VMware. The Superuser Awards launched in 2014 to recognize organizations that have used OpenStack to meaningfully improve their business while contributing back to the community. Research superstar CERN won the inaugural edition.

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