Date: 29 July, Wednesday
Time: 11:00 – 12.00 BST
Presenter: Kavit Munshi, CTO Aptira, OpenStack Ambassador, Member of the Board of Directors at OpenStack Foundation
OpenStack, may once have been seen as the geeks’ playground but now there’s plenty of sober corporate interest these days. It is now recognised as the main game in town for non-proprietary cloud development and there are many reasons why it carries so much clout. The primary one is that it is setting the pace when it comes to open technology within a fast growing cloud world.
But the word “Open” poses a problem in the world of technology. In its simplest form, a computer system that is described as open is one that’s non-proprietary and which offers some degree of interoperability and portability, in other words it operates on a variety of platforms. It’s not quite as straightforward as that, as not every open product is quite as “open” as it should be, but that’s the theory.
What’s been notable about the OpenStack experience is that way that some major vendors (IBM,HP, VMware, among a few) who have traditionally followed a proprietary path, adopted the OpenStack philosophy and this has contributed to the project. This “openness” had emerged as the initial joint initiative by Rackspace and NASA to build a framework from cloud platforms.