OpenStack has wooed developers for years, now it's time to charm users

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Thu 2:39am by: Barb Darrow

OpenStack promises a lot: Robust clouds that can support both specialized private and massive public workloads but without fear of vendor lockin. And that is a lot to promise. On this week's show, we've got not one but two heavy-hitting proponents, Jonathan Bryce and COO Mark Collier, telling us why, exactly, big companies should check out the new Icehouse release of the open-source cloud framework (available Thursday!)

OpenStack Foundation COO Mark Collier (L) and Executive Director Jonathan Bryce (R)

OpenStack Foundation COO Mark Collier (L) and Executive Director Jonathan Bryce (R)

To satisfy one key demand, Icehouse will enable rolling upgrades from the previous without shutting down workloads. Such upgrades in the past, frankly, were a pain, indeed, some called them backbreaking , so if this works as planned, it's a big deal.Also new, support for federated identity, a feature requested by CERN, the European nuclear laboratory /OpenStack poster child.

More than a dozen companies from traditional IT purveyors like HP and Cisco to startups like Cloudscaling and Mirantis, are backing OpenStack as the infrastructure to give customers choice in cloud deployment. If Acme Paint & Glass signs on to OpenStack A and isn't satisfied it can, in theory, move to OpenStack B without too much hassle. But the vendors all say they're innovating atop OpenStack and differentiation often means incompatibilities. But Collier said the Foundation will be enforcing good OpenStack citizenship going forward. Go too far afield in your OpenStack playbook and BOOM! you lose your OpenStack label. (My words, not his.)

At Structure in June there will be much more on what's moving and shaking in the cloud ecosystem, so stay tuned.

But first Derrick Harris weighs in on Microsoft's pitch to make Azure the big data platform for the masses and we discuss how cloud vendors including Amazon Web Services will address end-of-life processes for creaky old infrastructure. Also, why Twitter bought Gnip. Or is it Nip? Whatever, it's a good one so listen up!

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