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OpenStack the 'cloud OS of the future'

OpenStack becoming one of the industry's hottest topics, says Red Hat GM

OpenStack the 'cloud OS of the future'
Knoblich: Companies want to have Amazon-type capabilities in-house

The open-source cloud computing project OpenStack is the cloud operating system of the future, according to Werner Knoblich, EMEA general manager at Red Hat.

Predominantly acting as an infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) platform, OpenStack aims to provide the "ubiquitous open-source cloud computing platform for public and private clouds", according to its website. The platform has gained traction in recent years, Knoblich said in Dubai this week, as companies look to become more agile with their hybrid clouds.

"OpenStack is just crazy in the market. OpenStack is the cloud operating system of the future," he said.

"Because of this dilemma - with high demands on traditional infrastructures - companies want to have Amazon-type capabilities in-house."

Much of the drive behind OpenStack is currently coming from the telecommunications industry, Knoblich said. He likened the industry's transition to OpenStack to the IT industry's transition to virtualised technologies.

"The whole telecommunication industry decided as an industry on their platform for what they call network function virtualisation - what happened in IT with virtualisation is now starting to happen within the telco industry," he said.

"Today, when you go to an operator, they have many servers and appliances performing the core network functions for whatever you need for our mobiles functioning. They're sold in a very expensive way, as appliances. In all of this now is that there's a trend to completely virtualise this. The whole industry decided this will be done on OpenStack as the base platform."

That said, Knoblich explained that OpenStack was also beginning to see use among large enterprises looking to create scalable and reliable private clouds. The developer community is also extremely excited about OpenStack, he claimed.

"It's a super, super hot topic," he said. 

Knoblich said that Red Hat was the biggest contributor to OpenStack, though large industry players have also thrown their weight behind the platform. Companies such as IBM, HP and Cisco are all contributing to the set of projects that make up OpenStack.

"They see that this is so complex that it cannot be a single company who's providing this, so it's a more classic open-source project," Knoblich explained.

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