Mark Turner | Tuesday 13 May, 2014
There has been a lot of chatter about OpenStack this week coming out of its summit in Atlanta including the launch of the OpenStack Marketplace. It seems to have been well supported with over 4000 delegates (double last year’s turnout) and a thriving exhibition and conference (Note: The Stack has been monitoring Twitter and the live feed rather than actually being there.)
But this article from Silicon Angle based on video interviews, casts a little murk over the celebrations with the suggestion in an interview with Stu Miniman, an analyst from Wikibon, that if there isn’t “big money” flowing into OpenStack over the next 12-18 months the “whole thing could implode.”
The article points out that while major users like Disney and Wells Fargo were there to lend their support but with what Miniman calls "little mid-range deployment of OpenStack" he sees a potentially “sizable adoption gap for the platform”. However, that chasm might just be crossed due to big players like HP, IBM, Red Hat and Cisco actively pushing OpenStack he added.
While that prediction (of OpenStack imploding) is alarming, Furrier (John Furrier, founder of Silicon Angle) believes the serious players behind OpenStack when they state emphatically that the platform is clearly still in early days. “They want to make sure to win the Cloud first before going big,” Furrier explained. “They want to get it right from the start. I don’t see red flags. But I see a calm before the storm.”