OpenStack Wants to Be Android of The Cloud

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  1. Brilliant! Thanks for writing about this. This is really news (unlike some unnamed techno captain crunchy blogs filling space with superficial posts about certain individuals selling iPads on Craigslist, cough cough).

    Important Note: OpenStack and its constituents is not itself geographically rooted in Silicon Valley much to the chagrin of people who still believe that Silicon Valley geography today matters as much as it used to. Well, then again, perhaps Silicon Valley forgot that Marc Andreessen co-authored Mosaic while attending the University of Illinois in a town called Champaign-Urbana, Illinois with its supercomputing facility. Great to see NASA and its supercomputing interests on board with OpenStack. Jeff Bezos AWS could longer term be trumped by OpenStack (no offense to AWS which has out-innovated Microsoft in the cloud space):

    the demands his organization were of supercomputing scale. “We were
    looking for a platform that was ten times the size of what was out
    there,” he recalls.

    Google oh Google, where art though Google? Om, what is Google’s core competency these days anyway? Your post about Steve Jobs’ business tips:

    Lesson #2: Knowing your core competence and building on it is key
    to success.

    Google’s core competency is search? Android? Chrome? Buzz? TV? App Engine? Voice? Docs?

  2. The explanation of this technology is very vague. Is it a distributed OS, Framework? Does it do distributed computing and storage? Does it scale Google / Facebook level scaling and performance?

    All these terms of cloud, they do not describe the capabilities of the technology. If it is not distributed by plugging in a new system and it scale by computing power, storage and scale across locations with performance and redundancy, then it is usually just a VM in a datacenter, which in my opinion is not the cloud!

    Eddie – Googles competency was search, until they realized where the money was and they are now a marketing company in disguise! That is their true business!

  3. Nice informative post. However, Ryan is right on the money: “The explanation of this technology is very vague. Is it a distributed OS, Framework? Does it do distributed computing and storage? Does it scale Google / Facebook level scaling and performance?”

    I’ve now been in East Africa for 5 years (came down here on a 1 week business trip from Silicon Valley North – Ottawa, Canada – and haven’t left yet) and soundbites of this cloud computing thingy is what I’ve been hearing about, over & over.
    Is it not safe to say Google’s massive data stack is also cloud computing? They seem to scale pretty damn well to me.

    Hence when Eddie asks — “Google oh Google, where art though Google? Om, what is Google’s core competency these days anyway?” — my reply is that all that massive scaling they’ve been doing for a good decade now is pretty damn IMPRESSIVE, whateva u wanna call it. Oh, so peeps are now calling it “cloud computing??” Well, Google’s been there, done that…and quietly. I don’t know anyone else on the Net who can SCALE as well as they DO.

    So my question simply is this: Does this OpenStack thingy allow peeps like me to effortlessly bring Google-style scaling to the masses here in the East Africa Community (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda)?

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