OpenStack, the oft-discussed open source cloud computing platform first developed by Rackspace and NASA a few years ago has just announced the 14th version of its software.

It’s hard to think back to those very early days — as someone who has been following OpenStack since it was first conceived, long before the advent of a formal foundation to run the project, it has been a fascinating journey. I wasn’t following the space in the early Linux days, but having watched the growth, growing pains and understandable politics around this initiative, it has been interesting.

Like any open source project, OpenStack feels as much like a family as it does a tech project. The OpenStack Summits (Disclosure: I regularly attend these events and will be doing so again in Barcelona in a couple of weeks) really feel like a bit of a family reunion. It’s not that they’re small affairs — in recent times they have grown to multi-thousand participant extravaganzas. But despite the growth, it still feel family-like with OpenStack Foundation executive director Jonathan Bryce and COO Mark Collier sharing the role of camp dad to the masses.

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Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.