Today openstack is one of the most wanted players in the private and public cloud industries. It began as an open source project in a joint venture led by NASA and Rackspace, but now it has blown into an open source cloud platform that is supported by over 300 vendors across the world – this translates to over 16,000 developers in over 150 countries.
How it organizes
The Marketplace at OpenStack organizes summits where principle decisions of the entire openstack cloud are discussed; the OpenStack community makes announcements on what will be supported and several issues are addressed. The goal is to provide a complete and updated online directory of all the available tools, services offered and distributions in the OpenStack world by all the vendors. It’s a one stop place for everything.
The Distributions War of OpenStack
Any and every vendor who is part of the OpenStack Foundation is working his way up in his own distribution of OpenStack. One of the most active vendors is RedHat who is proactive with pretty aggressive strategies in bringing up with distribution. HP has grown to a billion commitments in just two years! Oracle is headed the same way and has also taken the position of a corporate sponsor for the OpenStack foundation. One company that claims leadership over OpenSTack is Canonical. All of these vendors work at becoming leaders in the private cloud space but several even used this approach to start offering public cloud infrastructure. HP started off with offering private clouds but gradually also offered public cloud infrastructure.
With a lot more enterprises implementing OpenStack across the world, the competition is all set to get more stringent. It is already happening and vendors have all started to sell their own OpenStack solutions. The big players are VMWare, Microsoft and Amazon.
Lock-in strategy that vendors use to retain customers
OpenStack veterans earlier spoke about how an open source platform is the better alternative to lock-in platforms like Amazon Web Services. But what’s really happening is exactly the opposite – a lot more vendors are in the field now sponsoring their own distributions. The OpenStack world has become a world where one can only get support from a vendor if you use their specification distribution. This is why OpenStack professionals who are trained well and are also additionally trained in any of these popular vendor services will always be in demand.
The competition of OpenStack with Azure, Google Cloud and AWS
The OpenStack has proved to be a serious competition to services like Azure, Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud platform. It is still the most important technology in the private cloud market but when it comes to succeeding in the public cloud approach, it requires development which is already underway by star developers. Training is the most important for OpenStack to succeed in the public cloud market which is why organizations only prefer specialized trained professionals to induct into their workforce. Service like the ones from Azure and AWS have solid base of developers. The usage is growing and so is the demand for these professionals. OpenStack is also following suit with its own pool of trained developers.
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