AUSTIN: The OpenStack cloud framework has proved its worth as an "integration engine" for IT projects, but the platform is at its best when paired with other open source projects, and the search is on to deliver the cloud equivalent of the LAMP stack.
The topic was collaboration during the second-day keynote at the OpenStack Summit in Texas. Mark Collier, chief operating officer at the OpenStack Foundation, explained that, while the platform continues to grow and find success, the OpenStack community is not working in isolation.
"Demand for information is exploding. Cisco estimates there will be 50 billion connected devices by 2020, all connecting to cloud services. And with applications like smart cities and medical devices, it is estimated that the world will require 400 million new servers by 2020," he said.
"There's no way you can manage millions and millions of new servers the way they have been managed before. This is a huge opportunity for OpenStack as the integration engine, but the real point is that we can't do it alone."
Collier compared the situation with the ubiquitous LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) for web servers, where the whole platform became greater than the sum of its open source components, developed and managed by separate project teams.
In the same way, the 'LAMP stack for the cloud' will be produced by collaboration between many people and organisations, including the OpenStack community, Collier explained.
"Big companies like Walmart, AT&T, China Mobile and VW are all OpenStack users and contributors. These companies don't take orders from anyone, but they realise that to survive in the future they have to be part of communities," he said.
This was backed up by Lew Tucker, vice president and chief technology officer for cloud computing at Cisco, who also sits on the board of directors for the OpenStack Foundation.
"Software is eating the world, and open source is playing a leading role in this. We're seeing now the age of software-defined data centres, where configuration and cabling has now become code, so Cisco sees concrete business reasons for open source. It is driving innovation much faster than traditional development processes," Tucker said.
"A whole new landscape is opening around open source, and OpenStack has become a key part of this. Sixty-five per cent of OpenStack deployments are now in production or full operational use. We're in a multi-cloud world, but OpenStack is emerging as the standard to pull it all together."
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