But the next release of OpenStack, OpenStack Mitaka, is already out. OpenStack Mitaka is much easier to deploy and use then previous versions of this popular open-source cloud. The focus on this release is to make OpenStack easier to deploy. OpenStack, which has tried to be all things to all cloud users, had become both very powerful and very difficult to install and manage. That might have been acceptable in OpenStack's early days when only technical experts from NASA and Rackspace were using it.
In Denver, Colo., at Open Infrastructure Summit, formerly the OpenStack Summit, the OpenStack Foundation announced that Airship 1.0, a set of open-source tools for automating cloud provisioning and management, has been released. Airship provides a declarative framework for defining and managing open infrastructure tools and their underlying hardware. These tools include OpenStack for virtual machines, Kubernetes for container orchestration, and Metal-as-a-Service (MaaS) for bare metal, with planned support for OpenStack Ironic. While Airshop will make complex infrastructure cloud building easier for everyone, job one is to build a robust delivery mechanism for organizations that need to embrace containers as the new unit of infrastructure delivery at scale. Specifically, that means telecoms, such as one of Airship's primary builder: AT&T.
At the OpenStack Summit, the OpenStack Foundation announced the general availability of its Certified OpenStack Administrator (COA) exam. This test is meant to validate skills for cloud administrators of OpenStack, an open-source infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud. OpenStack might be powerful, but also very difficult to deploy and manage. As Red Hat's vice president of worldwide training Ken Goetz explained: "When it comes to OpenStack skills, enterprises are faced with a build or buy decision: build talent from within, or acquire the talent externally. "It is no secret that filling open requisitions for Cloud-related IT jobs can be difficult, costly and time-consuming," he said.
The relationship between SUSE and HPE is, in a word, complicated. HPE spun and merged its non-core software assets with Micro Focus. Micro Focus, in turn, owns SUSE, a major Linux provider. Now, SUSE has acquired OpenStack Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Cloud Foundry Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) cloud assets. HPE and SUSE's cloud and Linux partnership has become closer than ever.
How exactly will OpenStack become a $5-billion-a-year technology? OpenStack clouds are heading for multi-billion dollar revenue in businesses large and small. In 451 Research's recent report on OpenStack adoption among enterprise private cloud users, they found that 72 percent of OpenStack-based clouds are between 1,000 and 10,000 cores and three fourths choose OpenStack to increase operational efficiency and app deployment speed. But Microsoft's future is increasingly about the cloud and subscriptions, as its financials and corporate priorities show. They also found that OpenStack is not just for large enterprises.