OpenStack talk of open source town, but is it hype?

OpenStack garnered a lot of hype over the past four years, and many companies got behind the open source platform. Has it met the high expectations?

As cloud continues its evolution, it becomes increasingly important to follow where it's trending. Users have a plethora of options to suit their needs from public cloud to private cloud, and a Frankenstein combination of the two with hybrid cloud. In David Linthicum's latest podcast, the talk of the town was open source cloud platforms at the OpenStack Summit in Atlanta last month. Publicly, there has been a lot of hype surrounding OpenStack, but has there been a lot of action to go along with it?

Linthicum goes one-on-one with Beth Cohen, cloud strategist for Verizon, to debate a multitude of the cloud computing world's hot topics. The discussion includes the current state of OpenStack, the future of open source platforms, how Red Hat stole the show, curious data points and the expectations for OpenStack. The major questions include:

1. The OpenStack summit drew a big crowd filled with everyone from vendors to users, but what was the focal point of the conference? The consensus was that Red Hat -- based in Raleigh, North Carolina -- stole the show in Atlanta. What's new with Red Hat? Is its technology enterprise ready? Can Red Hat legitimize OpenStack similar to how it legitimized Linux?

2. As OpenStack reaches its fourth birthday, the expectations are higher than ever. Linthicum believes that despite the fact that OpenStack has "the only game in town" for open source, the implementation hasn't met up to all of the hoopla since its release. Do the data points support Linthicum's claims? Are major companies such as Verizon still behind OpenStack? Where does OpenStack rank among the other major providers? How does it compare to Amazon? What does the future hold for OpenStack?

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