OpenStack gains support, but still lacks maturity
May 9, 2013 —
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The OpenStack community is of two minds. At first glance, it is extremely popular, as is evidenced by the recent decisions at Citrix, HP and Red Hat to support it. But upon further inspection, it becomes clear that this open-source community and project are still in their infancy.
Dave Bartoletti, senior analyst for infrastructure and operations professionals at Forrester Research, agreed that OpenStack lacks maturity. Specifically, he said, the interfaces between the various components that make up OpenStack are still too fluid in terms of their code. Most internal OpenStack APIs, such as the Nova API for allocating compute, cannot even tell you what version they are via an API call.
Bartoletti was at the OpenStack Conference last month, and he said the event showed a vibrant but still-young project. “At the conference last month, what was nice is they brought some actual customers in to be heard. There were plenty hoodies and suits at the conference, too. There were plenty of suits getting involved, with HP and Red Hat throwing their weight behind the project.”
That sentiment is echoed by Red Hat itself. Greg Kleiman, senior director of strategy at the Red Hat Storage Business Unit, said there is no denying his company’s commitment to the project overall. “OpenStack is absolutely the Red Hat strategy for cloud,” he said. “We are 110% in on OpenStack in terms of our strategy to the cloud. Given that we're bringing all our assets to bear across our portfolio, we think customers are going there, and therefore we want to be there.”
To that end, Red Hat has committed to helping build out OpenStack Storage components Cinder, Glance and Swift, and a new project proposed by NetApp for storing raw files in OpenStack Storage. With those three storage mechanisms in place, developers and admins will be able to choose between storing blocks, files or objects. Additionally, Red Hat plans to help contribute to a project that will allow raw instance storage within OpenStack.