Stated more bluntly, the 4th OpenStack birthday is a community event, not a news event.
We are finally beginning to see what the ongoing maturity and iterative evolution of a successful open source software project looks like. Here’s what I see:
But there’s something else I see rising in the OpenStack community that’s more indicative of success than any of these. It’s the emergence of deployment and business models that are connecting with app developers and users. I’m talking about the rise of managed hosted private cloud, or private cloud as a service (PCaaS).
Since that’s what we sell, it will surprise no one that I feel this way. But this trend is taking root across the OpenStack ecosystem. Providers of services and distros are now offering PCaaS as a lead gen tool, and companies built to run operations at scale (like Blue Box) are seeing growth, and plenty of attention from partners and others.
PCaaS is emerging as one of the most important consumption models, not as an "on ramp" to consuming a supported distro but as a scale, production, ongoing model that lets app devs consume OpenStack without having to become cloud infrastructure experts.
This emerging importance of app developers and cloud operators in the OpenStack community is a great example of this. People want the *benefits* of OpenStack, and PCaaS is a great way to get there without having to take enterprise IT’s eye off the “support our engineering efforts” ball.
You can join members of Blue Box at the OpenStack Seattle Meetup this Thursday, July 24th at Ada's Technical Books. We hope to see you there.
So raise a glass and celebrate, fellow Stackers. Good work.
Correction: I mis-attributed the OpenStack marketing quote to Werner Vogels. The correct attribution was Adrian Cockcroft. The quote is still fantastic regardless.
Have you read the news?
Rumor has it this cloud thing is taking off.