Big buys, Swift and separating the froth from the milk…


Here’s the news from the OpenStack world you won’t want to miss — the musings, polemics and questions posed by the larger community.

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If you’re wondering why EMC just spent $1.2 billion to buy cloud vendor Virtustream, Brandon Butler at Network World offers this take: “Virtustream’s technology will compliment other strategies of EMC Federation companies including VMware, RSA, VCE and the EMC storage division. While EMC and VMware each have private and public cloud platforms, Virtustream will give the company a new managed cloud offering, which rounds out the company’s cloud offerings.”

A lot has come out of last week’s Summit Vancouver.

OpenStack individual director Rob Hirschfeld makes six incisive observations – including that partnerships are “froth not milk,” why OpenStack is hard for startups and whether it’s time for a total rewrite.

Christian Schwede at Red Hat wrote up his takeaways from the Summit Vancouver about Swift– container sharing, hummingbird, tape, storlets and more…“From my experience it was the best summit so far – for Swift as well as overall,” he writes at over at eNovance.

Wikibon analyst Stuart Miniman had all the movers and shakers quaking at the Summit, putting them on the hot seat for video interviews with SiliconANGLE.

His take on OpenStack now?

“Most of the red flags around OpenStack have been eliminated and it no longer takes an army to test and deploy an OpenStack solution. Users should be talking to suppliers of hybrid cloud how solutions integrate and support with OpenStack. If OpenStack can live up to the “Integration Engine” designation, it can give users flexibility (and portability) across a variety of on- and off-premises environments with the ability to pull in new components such as Cloud Foundry, containers or the next big thing.”

And, last but not least, a Summit sum up that wasn’t so sunny: Joshua McKenty tweeted that the event “lost its heart,” and the Piston Cloud Computing Co. founder and current CTO at Pivotal had this to elaborate on the matter over at Network World. “Everyone’s talking about who’s making money, who’s [sic] career is advancing, how much people get paid, how many workloads are in production,” McKenty, former OpenStack Foundation board of director member, tells Network World.  “The mission was to do things differently.”

Writer Brandon Butler talks to Randy Bias – who says the mission of OpenStack was never to change the world – and points to the mission statement on the OpenStack wiki page.

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