In his few short years as a developer, 19-year-old Sam Kottler has racked up what seems like a decade’s worth of Linux experience.
After starting a small web consultancy building Drupal sites as a high school student in Connecticut, he dabbled in systems administration for Drupal, worked in hosting engineering at Acquia, then joined mobile payment startup Venmo as a one-man systems engineering group where he worked on scaling up their data stores and performance tuning.
With the OpenStack Summit in San Diego this week, open cloud headlines were dominated by OpenStack announcements and analysis. But some new criticisms of the project emerged as well. A Forrester analyst cautions that companies may not get a return on their investment with OpenStack. And TechTarget writes that some key enterprise features are missing from the new Folsom release.
This week's open source cloud news shows more signs that open source adoption and the open source mindset are gaining momentum in the cloud. VMware, for example, this week announced new support for Amazon EC2. Meanwhile, OpenNebula has become more widely used by business than academia and Red Hat has a new partnership with Zend to support PHP applications in the cloud.
Zenoss released a new report this week that predicts more than 50 percent open source cloud adoption among enterprises within five years. In other open source cloud news, Rackspace has a new training and certification program for OpenStack, Citrix is building its IaaS platform and CloudStack is looking for speakers at its November conference in Las Vegas.
The OpenStack Folsom release is out this week, along with a new cloud strategy announced by IBM. Also, OpenNebula's CEO pens an argument for innovation in the cloud through open source; Seeking Alpha reminds us what open source cloud platforms are up against; Red Hat's cloud evangelist tours Europe; and OSU Open Source Lab advocates using Ganeti for small to medium-size private cloud deployments.
Businesses considering building a private cloud with open source tools have likely explored at least one of the big three open IaaS options: OpenStack, CloudStack and Eucalyptus. These are great platforms for IT departments that have the time and technical expertise to test and deploy large clouds.
The official launch of the OpenStack Foundation drove the open source cloud news this week. Here is a collection of news articles devoted to the announcement and some analysis of where the project is headed, including one board member's open criticism that the project should have rejected VMware's application for membership.