OpenStack has been something of a divisive topic since its inception a handful of years ago. Initially conceived as a cloud operating system that would allow service providers and large enterprise to build their own versions of Amazon Web Services, OpenStack’s focus has changed somewhat in the years since, as it has tried to find a good fit. At the same time, huge amounts of money have been poured into the OpenStack ecosystem, with a plethora of startups being formed and funded to commercialize the OpenStack opportunity. It has to be said that, as it currently stands, the commercial returns from these investments haven’t been awesome.
That’s not to say that OpenStack isn’t proving successful in the marketplace; indeed, the OpenStack Foundation, the organization with the unenviable task of balancing the not-inconsiderable conflicts that naturally occur when commercial entities are trying their hardest to achieve commercial success off the back of a communal effort, spends lots of time and effort regaling all-comers of the success of OpenStack at its regular summits. Having attended a number of these summits, I can vouch for the real-world organizations that are using OpenStack to run critical workloads.