The “Cloud” is a technology that provides incredible convenience and flexibility. In fact, because of the cloud, I’m able to write this from the coffee house I’m at with two of my friends where we sometimes go to work. I love coffee houses, they’re where I seem to get my best work done. Working in these public spaces is a growing trend for remote employees and entrepreneurs. For many of us, it’s great to get out of the confines of our sometimes stifling home offices and venture out into the world to get our work done, in a new setting, with other people. It doesn’t surprise me any more to see every single table around me occupied by people who would otherwise be working from home. These people, like myself, need to get out of our caves and interact with the rest of the world. And we’re able to do this because of the cloud.
OpenStack use, and the pattern of users’ new deployments, were shown at the OpenStack 2016 conference in Austin, Texas, via the highlights of the OpenStack Foundation’s own survey of more than 1,600 respondents worldwide. The overview of survey results, accessible online via a Google search, casts more light on an important technology affecting the build-out of new cloud infrastructure.
The April, 2016, survey was the seventh one conducted by the OpenStack Foundation, to see how user adoption patterns are changing, over time. The shift in deployment types it reveals is significant, because new OpenStack releases are rolled out each year. This cycle roughly coincides with the two OpenStack conferences held annually.
As the OpenStack Foundation’s twice-annual conference returned to its roots in Austin, Texas, the focus of the OpenStack 2016 conference was integration into mainstream IT. The rapid increase in hybrid clouds is creating demand for OpenStack-based software that can be supported by a broader group of enterprise platform vendors – most of which are openly supporting OpenStack APIs for interoperability between clouds.
The presence of 7,500 attendees at the Austin conference underscores the broad interest in adopting OpenStack for multi-cloud deployments. Much of the discussion centered on the challenges of hybrid computing – with workloads spanning enterprise data centers and cloud service providers’ data centers.
The move to disaggregated components in servers is well received by cloud providers. However, ironically, the disaggregated servers (compute/storage/networking switches) doesn’t work well in marketing/messaging to enterprise customers, who would like to buy servers as workload-based solutions. What’s interesting here...