For 45 'stackers' Thursday January 23rd was all about open source cloud computing, during the second OpenStack Meetup Amsterdam, at Pakhuis De Zwijger in Amsterdam, hosted by CloudVPS.
The first OpenStack Meetup gathering had shown a bit of a wait-and-see attitude, because most of the visitors had not had much practical experience with OpenStack yet. In this second Meetup however, many participants already had a concept cluster operational, and some of them had even successfully completed a number of business cases. The Meetup was also joined by representatives from companies that are building ambitious OpenStack management solutions for the enterprise, like Mirantis, SUSE And RedHat.
Since its start in August last year, the OpenStack Meetup Amsterdam has grown significantly. This is just one example of the rapidly growing popularity of the open source cloud project, that, after having conquered the United States and Asia, is rapidly spreading across Europe at the moment. From all corners in the IT infrastructure market, from CIO to system architect, OpenStack is widely being adopted. Recent research seems to back this up.
In the Meetup the CloudVPS OpenStack team presented their experiences building the first OpenStack-based Dutch public cloud, Naturalis informed us of their ambitious private cloud project, and Bright Computing filled us in about the development of their management tools.
These three perspectives, public cloud, private cloud and consulting and management tools, together adequately describe the OpenStack landscape. Companies and governments that are considering using OpenStack should explore the challenges and possibilities of all of these areas before embarking upon deployment.
The CloudVPS presentation comprised of three parts that should be useful for every party that starts using OpenStack. The first part, presented by Walter Heukels, was about our system engineers' experiences. The second part, by Koert van der Veer, discussed the experiences of the developers who now work as a part of a community. Pim van Riezen concluded the presentation by demonstrating the Skyline Interface, which we developed specifically for OpenStack. The complete presentation can be found here.
Conversations during the more informal parts of the Meetup made clear that OpenStack's flexibility is highly appreciated, although at the same time that flexibility turns out to be an obstacle for some: serious users can have trouble making the right choices. In this regard, some of Neutron's (OpenStack Software Defined Networking) concepts prove to be quite challenging for many people for instance. Altogether, this means there seems to be a good market for OpenStack consulting and management tools.
Upcoming meetings will attempt to make deciding on technical issues easier by discussing specific technical subjects. Furthermore, we will focus on the commercial advantages of OpenStack based solutions.