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OpenStack will turn four this year. Now that it’s no longer a toddler, what can enterprises expect from this still- emerging open standard? Should you invest or move on to more popular options?

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OpenStack, the open-source cloud computing software project, turns four years old this year. OpenStack has come a long way since its launch, with contributions from Rackspace, NASA, Intel and other groups. As of 2013 OpenStack had over 1,000 contributors and 1.28 million lines of code, and the figures this year should well exceed those numbers.

Moreover, the number of companies that support OpenStack has moved from 50 on the initial launch to 231, with huge players and advocates such as IBM, HP and Cisco, which recently announced that its cloud strategy will include OpenStack.

While there are some big enterprise names that OpenStack can boast, including Bloomberg, Comcast, Fidelity and PayPal, the growth of OpenStack within traditional IT shops has been lackluster when compared to the growth of Amazon Web Services, Google or Microsoft. While the world of technology has accepted OpenStack, most enterprises that look at cloud computing still have questions around the long-term viability and the maturity of the standard.

So should you move to an OpenStack-enabled cloud or not? Join us at Structure 2014 and get the skinny directly from those in charge. They include Bill Veghte, the EVP and GM of HP’s Enterprise Group; and Brian Stevens of Red Hat. All have some explaining to do, including why OpenStack could be the right cloud strategy for your enterprise. Weigh in at Structure 2014.

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–David Linthicum

 

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