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Gartner analyst slams OpenStack, again

Brandon Butler | Nov. 21, 2013
OpenStack still has maturing to do before it's really ready for the enterprise, analyst says.

OpenStack backers rebuffed such claims. The project is young - going on three years old now - and is still maturing. It's come a long way and has a lot of positive attributes, momentum and backing of big-name players.

"The companies and individuals backing OpenStack for the most part seem to understand the OpenStack process - even if the pundits don't. Most OpenStackers tend to take a longer term view of the market space and see the bigger picture," wrote Diane Mueller who works on the development team at Red Hat, which is the single largest contributor of code to the project.

Others in the OpenStack movement seem to agree with Perilli on some points. One of OpenStack founders, former NASA CTO Chris Kemp, who now has a converged infrastructure OpenStack-based hardware appliance, says OpenStack has won the minds of developers, but not yet the hearts of IT administrators. The problem, he says, comes down to legacy IT shops not embracing new computing models. "Enterprise IT must either watch as their most strategic and critical applications are built on public clouds, or they must immediately invest in real, standards-based, API-driven private clouds," he says.

While Perilli takes no qualms telling it as he sees it related to OpenStack, he's not all negative about the project. In another blog post, this one written while at the OpenStack summit in Hong Kong, he mentioned some positive - or at least not so negative - attributes of OpenStack.

For one, OpenStack is catering to a whole new class of businesses that are not, nor will they ever be, customers of old-guard tech companies, he says. During one part of the summit the audience of nearly 4,000 attendees was asked which hypervisor they use - "very few" hands raised for VMware, he says. This may be unsurprising at an open source conference, but it still points to the disruption open source tools like OpenStack are causing in the market.

OpenStack is pushing the envelope at big-name tech companies involved in the project like HP, Dell and IBM too, Perilli says. There are cadres of developers and forward-thinking workers from these companies pushing OpenStack, which can be somewhat at odds with their legacy established mindset of how these companies have operated in the past. That helps big companies evolve, and that's a good thing.


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