Getting an application designed, tested and running, then updating and improving it is no easy task — even in the best of times. There is a continuing quest for tooling that delivers automation of this work to allow more focus on what matters most: fast, efficient development. This automation is increasingly sought via a platform service layer that abstracts the compute, networking and storage details of the infrastructure service layer — offering simplification for application developers and the cloud operators who support them.
When we started OpenStack, the goal was to form a community of like-minded companies and contributors to push for an open alternative to proprietary cloud software. We saw open source as a platform to foster swift innovation and to give customers more choice.
Lew Moorman moderated a panel at GigaOM’s Structure 2011, “The Economics of Open Everything,” where leaders from VMware, Facebook and Dell talk about the open cloud movement. Significant events have occurred over the course of one year with the launch of OpenStack, OpenCompute and Cloud Foundry and they discuss what this means for the cloud computing industry. They agree that open source accelerates innovation and serves the need for flexibility and agility. They also agree that “it’s just the beginning.” Take a look and leave your comments below.