Vendors spell trouble for OpenStack, said founder of Canonical

Last week at the OpenStack Summit in Barcelona Information Age spoke to Mark Shuttleworth about the open source platform.

He said the majority of vendor projects on OpenStack didn’t work and added confusion for customers using the platform.

In what was an extensive interview, Shuttleworth focused mainly on this topic.

“So, if you look at OpenStack you can become confused by the fact that there’s a 150 projects all promoted by different vendors,” Shuttleworth told Information Age.

“If you dug into this, it is because they had products that they depended on selling, even though they don’t really make sense in the core mission of open source infrastructure as a service, which gives you VMs on demand that you can attach to disks on demand to networks on demand.”

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“So this is the odd thing. There’s a lot of stuff here on OpenStack that’s not working. Trove is a disaster. Sahara is a disaster, Ironic is a disaster, Triple O is a disaster. I can go on. If you look down the list of OpenStack projects most of them are going to be disasters. They’re never going to change the world, they’re not interesting, they’re not relevant.”

The big tent

He went on to suggest, however, that this “vendor nonsense has started to collapse.”

“I call it the collapse of the big tent”.

Open source

Despite this confusion Shuttleworth remained adamant that OpenStack is the best open source method to build a successful cloud architecture.

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This is achievable, Shuttleworth suggests, by focusing on the 3 core pieces that matter to OpenStack: compute, network and storage.

“You need to focus on the operations of OpenStack, and you’ll need new tools to do that really well. Not your own team hacking around with Puppet and Chef. No one has succeeded like that, they get stuck.”

These “new tools” must be able to operate big software.

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Nick Ismail

Nick Ismail is a former editor for Information Age (from 2018 to 2022) before moving on to become Global Head of Brand Journalism at HCLTech. He has a particular interest in smart technologies, AI and...

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