OpenStack is the cornerstone for almost every television show we do – which is pretty astonishing considering the technology is just four years old (though, it’s been around longer than the lifespan of most TV shows).
As a Racker who works on the communications side of a very technical business, I know just how challenging it can be to contribute to the open source conversation. Sometimes the best way to stay relevant with developers, architects and designers is to dive headfirst into the projects that keep them busy.
In his keynote presentation this week at OpenStack Summit Atlanta, Rackspace Cloud Architect Troy Toman called on the community to build bridges between operators and developers and to work together to co-create the future of cloud computing.
For those of you who don’t know, Trove is the newest integrated OpenStack project. We have been working on it for over two years at Rackspace, and it’s been a wild ride. We’ve had a ton of help from our friends at HP, who have been on this roller coaster with us for a long while as well. You’re sure to hear more about Trove at OpenStack Summit Atlanta next week, but today I’d like to take a walk down memory lane with Trove, and talk about how it went from a small project started within Rackspace to the treasure it is today.
OpenStack Summit Atlanta kicks off on Monday. Thousands of stackers will head to the ATL to hear more about OpenStack during keynote sessions, workshops, a design summit and much more. Rackspace will be out in full force hosting a number of speaking sessions, a keynote presentation from Troy Toman and a bunch of other awesome events.
In April, the OpenStack Foundation released Icehouse, the ninth release of the OpenStack cloud platform. The general consensus seems to be that while Icehouse has some compelling new features, the focus of this version of OpenStack is on enterprise-grade readiness. Vendors like Rackspace and users with strong engineering talent have been very successful in creating enterprise-grade clouds using earlier OpenStack releases, but there has been a concerted focus by the community to stabilize the code and to enhance the operational capabilities of the platform. As a result, more vendors and partners in the ecosystem are now able to deliver OpenStack-powered products and services that can satisfy the stringent infrastructure requirements of enterprise shops.
As OpenStack Summit Atlanta fast approaches, we wanted to dig deeper into the past, present and future of OpenStack. In this video series, we hear straight from some of OpenStack’s community members from Rackspace about how the fast-growing open source project has evolved, what it needs to continue thriving and what it means to them personally.