How large can this grow?
This is where it began, 6 years ago, at Rackspace's home turf, with the first summit. 75 participants met in a hotel conference room back then. I have been to 4 summits – my first was San Francisco (Grizzly design summit) and I was actually overwhelmed there by seeing ~1000 attendees and giving a keynote in front of them talking about our OpenStack based hosting platform for Business Marketplace. This can't possibly grow much more, the hype must go over, I thought. How wrong I was – there's been a steady growth and we see ~7500 attendees from all over the world in Austin this time. And it's not a marketing show -- there's thousands of developers and operators here and hundreds of them present in one the many tracks. I have been to large shows before (such as LWE in Moscone), but the developer centric events in the Linux space (which is where I come from) have been a lot smaller.
How can that community be growing so large?
Both Jonathan and Mark gave a piece of the answer to this when leading through the keynotes on Monday and Tuesday: OpenStack is a collaborative open source project that embraces the diverse needs and cultures that people bring into it. There is no one dominating paradigm how to use the cloud (like LAMP in the pre-cloud world did) that has emerged, and probably won't.
Many people use containers with Kubernetes or Mesos, or use PaaS Frwameworks such as CloudFoundry and OpenShift. But it's a diverse universe. Jonathan and Mark have an important point -- the goals and technology may morph over time, but the OpenStack Umbrella (or should I say the Big OpenStack Tent?) facilitates that happening inside the project.
Keynotes and sessions
It's hard to do justice to the program in any way - I can just highlight a few general observations, some of the keynotes and touch on some of the sessions that Clemens Hardewig, Götz Reinhäckel, Andreas Falkner or I were able to attend.
I hope to arise some curiosity to have a look at the videos: The talks have been taped and there are videos on openstack.org/. And of course the developer sessions have their usual etherpads.
At a glance: the benefits of Open Telekom Cloud
- Security: The data are hosted in highly secure Telekom computing centres in Germany.
- Scalability: Computing power and memory can be ordered and set up online and adapted flexibly at any time.
- Pricing models: We offer you flexible and fixed contractual periods as well as a combination of both models.
- No vendor lock-in: Open Telekom Cloud is based on OpenStack, a freely available open-source standard. You can change the provider at any time.
- Individual configuration: CPU, RAM, storage, network – you can put a package together for yourself that matches your requirements to the optimum degree.
- IaaS for all: Open Telekom Cloud is extremely flexible and therefore suitable for companies of every size.