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.
OpenStack alternatives are:
CloudStack, Amazon Web Services, Cloud Foundry
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 Top 5 Enterprise 2.0 stories of 2012

What are the most memorable trends on the Enterprise market in 2012? Have our 2011 forecasts come true? Here are the top 5 most important (in our opinion) Enterprise 2.0 events and trends of 2012:

1. Windows 8 didn't fly
When a brand-new product hits a market people say: "Fly or Die". The new Windows 8, which was strenuously pushed by Microsoft - is not flying, at least. But such a monster will hardly die quickly. Perhaps, Microsoft will bring a hoisting crane and slowly lift it into the sky.

2. Office Wars: MS Office vs Google Apps
The second (by importance) Microsoft's product - Office - also has to survive and play catch up with Google. Microsoft added collaborative editing, Google added mobile collaborative editing. Microsoft launched (to compete with GMail), Google launched Google Drive (to compete with SkyDrive). Microsoft acquired Yammer, Google acquired QuickOffice. Microsoft pulled Skype to Office, Google - pulled Hangouts. Microsoft signed Toyota, Google signed General Motors.

3. Amazon, Google, Microsoft against the Soviet Union
This year clarified the state of thing in the cloud platforms sphere. OpenStak, the open-source cloud platform was launched and it's ruled by the bunch of IT giants, reminding the Soviet Union. They want to create the standard of cloud infrastructure, which will give customers the freedom of choosing provider. In opposition to this project - Amazon, Microsoft and Google are developing their proprietary platforms and attracting customers by constantly lowering prices.

4. Mobile Wars: Apple vs Samsung
Microsoft is experiencing high pressure on OS, Office and Cloud markets. But on the Mobile market it only dreams of being in real competition, even having launched own tablet Windows Surface and Windows Phone 8. Here, on the Mobile market, Apple and Samsung (that is representing Android) are fighting. Apple won the Patent War Cup, and Samsung won the Global phone market and is the new Mobile king.

5. LinkedIn rise
With the background of Facebook failures, LinkedIn, the business social network, has rapidly gained popularity in 2012. Constant updates, new features, new advertising tools, active marketing, attracting business leaders allowed LinkedIn to turn from the job-search service into the communication spot.

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.