The cloud computing race in 2020 will have a definite multi-cloud spin. Here's a look at how the cloud leaders stack up, the hybrid market, and the SaaS players that run your company as well as their latest strategic moves. Public clouds get the headlines, but private clouds are alive and well for businesses that want to keep a tight grip on their data. So, OpenStack, the leading Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud software, stackers are happy to welcome Ussuri, the 21st version of this open-source cloud infrastructure software stack. OpenStack software now powers more than 75 public cloud data centers and thousands of private clouds with over 10 million compute cores.
Oracle's Larry Ellison may still have thought that the cloud was "complete gibberish," while some people were insisting that the "cloud was just someone else's computer," but savvy folks knew better. At NASA Ames Research Center and Rackspace, two groups of developers decided that the best way to approach a cloud was to build one out from open-source software: OpenStack. The Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, Amazon Web Services' ancestor was already around and Microsoft had launched Azure in February 2010. But even though they were already running Linux and other open-source programs, these were privately held, proprietary platforms. The Ames team wanted NASA to host and manage its own computing and data resources.
An introduction to cloud computing from IaaS and PaaS to hybrid, public and private cloud. While OpenStack is concerned with more than just Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud these days, it's still primarily an open-source cloud open-source consortium. In its latest release, OpenStack Stein, the cloud comes with significant network management, bare metal, and containers improvements. For its users, which include many telecoms, the network management part is the most tasty part. OpenStack Neutron, its networking-as-a-service component, now boasts Network Segment Range Management.
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.
HPE has had a... curious cloud history. It's tried the public cloud, that failed. It's supported several different cloud platforms, and now, having been a major OpenStack cloud developer, it's backing off devoting major programming resources to OpenStack. HPE will still support OpenStack, it just won't help that much in developing it. Mind you, OpenStack is still offering and supporting the OpenStack cloud under the Helion brand.