OpenStack alternatives

OpenStack is a global collaboration of developers and cloud computing technologists producing the ubiquitous open source cloud computing platform for public and private clouds. The project aims to deliver solutions for all types of clouds by being simple to implement, massively scalable, and feature rich. The technology consists of a series of interrelated projects delivering various components for a cloud infrastructure solution.

Here are the latest news about OpenStack:

2016 Rackspace offers ready-to-use Openstack private clouds

Rackspace has long offered enterprises the option to manage their private OpenStack deployments. But those companies had to build their own hardware and infrastructure. Now enterprises  that want to move to OpenStack for their private cloud deployments will be able to have Rackspace build, monitor and manage their OpenStack clouds from the hardware up to the software stack. Its employees will manage all the aspects of the deployments and help on-board customers to their new clouds. Rackspace offers a 99.99 percent uptime SLA for these customers (though this obviously doesn’t include a power failure in a data center, which the company has little-to-no control over). Rackspace will install these new private clouds in virtually any data center in the world, but the company also partnered with Equinix to make deployments in that company’s data centers even faster and easier.

2015 Google is joining OpenStack

Google is joining the OpenStack Foundation as the open source project’s newest corporate sponsor, which includes a $25,000-per-year sponsorship commitment. The focus of Google’s participation will be on Linux containers and integrating the Google-incubated Kubernetes container management tool into OpenStack. OpenStack’s other corporate sponsors include the likes of Alcatel-Lucent, Citrix, Comcast, Cray, GoDaddy, Fujitsu, Oracle, SAP, Nokia and the Linux Foundation. More than the (by Google standards) small financial commitment, though, Google’s participation is almost a symbolic gesture given the company’s previous involvement in the project. Google already has informally collaborated with OpenStack on a number of projects like the Murano application catalog and in the Magnum container orchestration service in the past, will contribute engineering resources to the project.

2014 VMware integrates its cloud management tools with OpenStack

Virtualization giant VMware integrated its lineup of tools OpenStack open source cloud framework. The new service will be released during the first half of 2015. Thus organizations that have an OpenStack cloud set up in their backend will be able to have their IT operations staff manage that OpenStack cloud using VMware’s tools. This also means that organizations with data centers and gear running the VMware stack will be able to easily sync those up with other gear that runs on OpenStack.  It’s interesting to note that the whole concept of OpenStack from its inception was to provide an alternative to the VMware private cloud and the Amazon public cloud, and VMware’s Integrated OpenStack seems to counter the notion of OpenStack purists who would rather have a private cloud built on top of multiple open source components.

2012 Surprise! VMWare has joined OpenStack

Recently we found out that the open cloud platform alliance OpenStack includes several members from EMC. It was a surprise, because EMC owns VMWare - the direct competitor of OpenStack. We thought that it was a little misunderstanding in the Swedish family EMC-VMWare. But this wasn't the last surprise in this story. In the end of the last week, VMWare personally became the "Gold member" in OpenStack. (Recall, OpenStack was founded two years ago in order to struggle against the dominance of Amazons's public cloud and VMWare's data-center cloud management systems). Together with VMWare two more giants: Intel and NEC joined OpenStack on Friday. So now, on the cloud platform market we have the confrontation: Amazon vs "Everyone else". You may think that the forces are not equal, but ...

It's likely that VMWare's entry hardly strengthen OpenStack. First, VMWare is not going to stop developing its (competing) solutions vCloud cloud platform and Cloud Foundry. The company is considering it's contribution to OpenStack as an diversification of investments in cloud platforms. Second, it's probably just a political (or marketing) step by VMWare. Because its main virtualization-competitor Citrix has recently quit OpenStack. So it's an excellent opportunity to turn the whole cloud market against the rival.

In result, OpenStack may not just become the Soviet Union but the Soviet Union with political games. At first glance, such organization can't be effective.

2012 OpenStack - is like the Soviet Union. Who develops OpenStack?

Last week, RackSpace has launched the open platform OpenStack in its cloud. And though HP has done the same a little earlier, but in HP Cloud OpenStack is running in beta mode, but in RackSpace Cloud - anyone already can start using OpenStack for business needs. So now all these debates what is more cool, Amazon Web Services or OpenStack will go into practical area. And the last theoretical debates took place shortly before the launch at the GiGaOm Structure conference. And at this conference, Chris Kemp, CEO of cloud provider Nebula (which, by the way, is OpenStack member) compared OpenStack with Soviet Union - "a collective farm ostensibly run for the good of its members, but where nothing is actually accomplished." Why Chris Kemp said that? Let's take a look, who develops OpenStack:

Company (the number of representatives):
- Rackspace (787)
- HP (753)
- Unaffiliated/Others (297)
- Cisco (41)
- Canonical (28)
- Dreamhost (24)
- Red Hat (22)
- Nebula (22)
- CloudScaling (17)
- OpenStack employees (14)
- Morphlabs (13)
- EMC (13)
- Dell (13)
- SUSE (10)
- Piston Cloud (10)
- Yahoo (5)
- IBM (5)
- AT&T (5)
- Tipit (4)
- OpsCode (4)

Another interesting question - how OpenStack is managed. It's managed by the board of directors, which is partly elected, partly appointed, partly formed by these who pay for seats. The Board of Directors appoints an executive director (but he is not appointed yet). Elections are carried out by the whole OpenStack community and they have three categories of community members based on their contribution: Individual, Gold, Platinum. If you want to know more about OpenStack organization - you can read about it here. But the general conclusion is that - it's not simple.

2012 OpenStack launches. CloudStack departs. Amazon adapts SAP. Azure rebrands

2012 Amazon - gets closer to Windows, OpenStack - closer to Linux

2011 HP and Dell support OpenStack

2010 Rackspace wants to be Linux for Cloud Computing