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Infographic: OpenStack Turns 3

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dstrait
dstrait
8/7/2013 11:41:14 AM
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Re: More OpenStack dominance
I don't know of anyone. My gripe with MS seems to be that the plan for setting up a company with private cloud computing resources is to buy a few servers, install VMM on them, get System Center running, get a domain going, set up templates, pick your way through a very complex administration console, figure out what sort of clustering you want/need, decide if you want to setup a clustered SMB fileserver, don't run out of storage, etc. There is a ton of stuff to know. No small business can do that without hiring consultants and they probably don't have the money for that. The idea that they are going to write scripts to set all of that up is just that much more remote. They probably would not need more than a very few servers, anyway. Most places don't need auto-scaling due to load and such, though business continuity (due to theft, fire, etc) may be important enough to justify moving systems to the cloud as a DR strategy. (If you know you are going to be running servers continously for years, even reserved instances might not come out on top from a financial perspective.)

Simple, low-cost systems that provide similar functionality have a market opportunity here, even if they don't have the weight of MS's scripting technology behind them.

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Michael.Steinhart
Michael.Steinhart
7/29/2013 5:58:28 PM
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Re: More OpenStack dominance
I think you're right, dstrait, but when the battles lines are drawn that way, what kinds of commercial solutions are available to enterprises that aren't looking for extensive scripting? In other words, who can target the midmarket more effectively?

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dstrait
dstrait
7/29/2013 2:17:54 PM
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Re: More OpenStack dominance
My perception is that OpenStack appeals to the linux crowd, who are not afraid of scripting (or even tweaking linux itself) and are willing to spend the time to learn non-GUI with significant learning curves.

From the administration perspective, Microsoft has always seemed better at GUI consoles than most other companies, whereas the gui tools that are available through the various linux window managers never seem quite as polished or easy to use. Windows admins are not as afraid of scripting as they used to be, but not everything is worth scripting. 

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Michael.Steinhart
Michael.Steinhart
7/24/2013 2:13:22 PM
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More OpenStack dominance
InformationWeek's Charles Babcock -- whose industry knowledge is second to none, in my opinion -- certainly thinks OpenStack is winning the open-source cloud race. Here's the money quote:

OpenStack is the de facto leader in open source code for the enterprise cloud. It's moved decisively into the lead for the production of both cloud provisioning and management and software-defined networking -- that still loosely defined area of private cloud operations.

 

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Michael.Steinhart
Michael.Steinhart
7/24/2013 2:09:43 PM
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Re: infographic
I think the information in the Github paper can be extrapolated to the open-source community in general. It's very comprehensive and helpful -- thanks!

And the bottom line is that South America and Africa have the lowest numbers of contributors, so the OpenStack map is probably reflecting the same trend.

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Ariella
Ariella
7/23/2013 4:45:16 PM
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Re: infographic
@dstrait thanks!

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dstrait
dstrait
7/23/2013 4:38:15 PM
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Re: infographic
IF you are willing to use github as a proxy for open source coders, I found this warning: it's a PDF. It's from 2010.

Github is popular, but not all-encompassing. 

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Ariella
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7/23/2013 9:11:24 AM
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@Michael that would be an interesting study: where in the world are the open-source coders? Are there so few in South America and Africa? That could be an infographic itself. 

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Ariella
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7/23/2013 9:10:02 AM
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@Michael well, they do usually claim at least two countries or continents, though often there will be only one dot for each -- if it were mapped. 

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Michael.Steinhart
Michael.Steinhart
7/23/2013 12:21:02 AM
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By that token, Ariella, I am renowned internationally. That reminds me of the famous Mel Brooks line in To Be or Not To Be:

"He's world-famous in Poland!"

 

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