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OpenStack demo addresses fears of forks and vendor lock-in

Wed 26 Oct 2016

Sixteen major companies have participated in a demonstration LAMP enterprise application of an OpenStack interoperability network at OpenStack Summit. The performance was arranged in response to chariness about how resilient the open source project could be against proprietary, closed systems, and the possibility of the project being strip-mined for commercial forks.

The participating companies included Red Hat, Deutsche Telekom, Huawei, IBM Mirantis and Cisco, who assembled for the proof of concept at the OpenStack gathering at Barcelona. The network incorporated Ansible and Shade, and featured firewall and networking.

IBM general manager Don Rippert, who established the challenge earlier this year, commented “Few would doubt OpenStack is innovative. The integration promise is well understood. The one doubting area I’ve heard from customs and some industry analysts is interoperability – will the vendors allow interoperability?” and continued “The way we gain interest around OpenStack is to be interoperable. A rising tide gives us more service areas – the interoperability gives us a better platform from which to compete.”

Speaking to The Register, Red Hat’s OpenStack manager Radhesh Balakrishnan admitted that the project had already been pressurised into a fork because of interoperability concerns, and hoped that the enterprise demo addressed those concerns.

“There are customers who say: “If this has to be approved by the upstream community this will take a long time.’ We have to explain to customers: ‘If I do fork for you that will hurt you in the long term’.”

The ambit of the united show was to demonstrate transparent data distribution whilst providing effective localisation, as well as demonstrating stability and speed.

In March, Red Hat’s director of cloud management strategy wrote for The Stack that he was additionally concerned about how complicated implementation of the system could be, commenting: ‘We already know that if we want a restaurant to be economically successful, we need a great bunch of people in an efficient kitchen. But, those great people only have so much time to prepare a meal.’

In October of 2015 British Telecom threatened to abandon OpenStack unless a number of notable perceived shortcomings were addressed, including lack of scalability.


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