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"Why Isn’t Anyone Listening To Randy?" – The Great OpenStack Debate
Since OpenStack is now three years old, such a debate on The State of the Stack is only to be expected
By: Jeremy Geelan
Aug. 2, 2013 01:00 AM
Unless you live under a rock, you will be aware that Cloudscaling co-founder (and now Acting CEO) Randy Bias wrote an Open Letter to the OpenStack community on July 24, 2013, which ignited a Web-wide debate on OpenStack's direction and strategy.
The title of Bias's open letter sums up his position: "OpenStack’s Future Depends on embracing Amazon. Now."
"Our future depends on embracing Amazon," he contends, adding that OpenStack needs to embrace AWS but also other "established" public clouds too such as GCE, Azure, and possibly vCloud.
"[I]t’s time we advocate a public cloud compatibility strategy that is in all our best interests, not just those of a single, albeit substantial, contributor. Failing to make this change in strategy could ultimately lead to the project’s irrelevance and death."
But not everyone agrees with Randy Bias, causing one commentator, "Building the Cloud" blogger Darren Shepherd – whose day job is Cloud Architect at Go Daddy – to lament: "Why isn’t anyone listening to Randy?"
"But if you think about the OpenStack roadmap, it's not designed to be a carbon copy or a follow-on copy of what Amazon's doing. Obviously they've been blazing a trail, and a lot of the problems that people are wanting to solve will be similar, so I imagine you'll begin to see more and more of the same types of capabilities, but it's really not being driven with the idea of copying Amazon at this point."
To return to Robert Scoble for a moment, he believes that "we are going to see more change in cloud infrastructure in the next five years than in the past 10" and that OpenStack doesn't have the luxury of slowing down while AWS compatability is achieved. Bias in contrast believes that "[e]mbracing Amazon serves the interests of all community members by positioning OpenStack as the best choice for enterprises and SaaS providers that want an ecosystem approach to public cloud, one in which their applications can move to the infrastructure best suited to the job at that time."
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