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Three Things OpenStack Needs to Do Now

Keynote by Randy Bias, VP Technology of the Emerging Technologies Division of EMC, at OpenStack Silicon Valley 2015.

Five years is a long time in cloud. Has OpenStack become ossified and over-committed to a technological theology, or is the very nature of its open community a lever we can use to prepare it for current technologies like containers and future ones we’ve not yet seen? Randy, OpenStack pioneer, entrepreneur, luminary and rabble rouser will lay it on the line.

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Three Things OpenStack Needs to Do Now

  1. 1. 5 Things OpenStack Needs to Do Now Randy Bias VP, Technology, EMC Board of Directors, OpenStack Foundation August 26th, 2015 OpenStack Silicon Valley @randybias
  2. 2. Cloud is NOT “easy” This message is self-sabotaging and a marketing #fail. 2
  3. 3. COTS has significant cost White box hardware is only ‘cheap’ in one dimension. Open source software is only ‘free’ in one dimension. The cost of labor for both is higher than you think. A lot higher. 3
  4. 4. OpenStack is NOT a “cheaper” VMware These solutions solve different problems today. OpenStack was conceived as an AWS knock-off and still is. 4
  5. 5. Differentiation == silos Your ‘difference’ makes you more unique & less interoperable. 5
  6. 6. Infrastructure has zero value Power, water, minutes, & bits over the wire have no inherent value. All value is from applications that consume these things. Excessive resources for private clouds is not a sound business decision. 6
  7. 7. 7 1 2 3 4 5 Stop marketing OS as “easy” Focus OS on “third platform” A testable base reference arch Be “real” about the costs of DIY Educate on where biz value lies