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Cloud wars to rage on with dueling OpenStack, AWS events next week

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Neither of the principal parties would admit this, but the competition between the OpenStack cloud forces and Amazon(s amzn) Web Services will play out next week with the OpenStack Summit taking place in Portland, Ore. April 15-19 and Amazon Web Services Summit  in New York on April 18. Both events are sold out although realistically, can you remember the last tech event you attended that was not “sold out?”

full openstack cloud software logoI have no numbers for the AWS event but as of Tuesday night, the count for OpenStack Summit is 2,400 registered attendees up from 1,314 for last year’s San Diego extravaganza, according to an OpenStack source with access to that data. (The data is here and here is a readable, updated count.)

Rackspace, HP pack OpenStack show

Rackspace(s rax), one of OpenStack’s granddaddies along with NASA — has registered 199 216 people — a number which one OpenStack member characterized as overkill. Hewlett-Packard(s hpq), depending on how you count or spell it, has 169 171 people or so on tap. Here’s how that list breaks out: HP (85), Hewlett Packard with no dash (30); Hewlett-Packard with dash (22); HP Cloud Services (21) and HP Cloud (7), Hewlett Packard Co. (4). Seriously, HP, what’s up with that?

Red Hat is on with 74, IBM with 72 and the list goes on. What I’ll be looking for, however will be real, live OpenStack customers which are starting to trickle out. OpenStack Foundation member Cloudscaling (which registered 14 summit attendees) just announced video game publisher Ubisoft as a customer and already has claimed LivingSocial and IBS Datafort as reference accounts.

Structure 2011: Werner Vogels – CTO,
Structure 2011: Werner Vogels – CTO,

Some other interesting tidbits from the OpenStack Summit attendee list: Controversial foundation member VMware registered a whopping 4 22 people. VMware bought Nicira, a big OpenStack player in software-defined networking. And non-member Oracle registered 14 people. Interesting. Oracle is going its own way with cloud but recently buy bought Nimbula, an OpenStack member.

The new OpenStack Grizzly release will be front-and-center in Portland.

Amazon to tout OpsWorks, other enterprise-class services

Meanwhile, on the other coast, AWS CTO Werner Vogels will probably talk up AWS’ value to the enterprise and tout its new-and-improved cloud management features and services including OpsWorks lifecycle management offering and RedShift, Amazon’s inexpensive data warehouse alternative to Teradata(s tdc), Oracle, IBM and HP products.

AWS, a favorite among developers at startups and big companies alike, still needs to persuade  financial services companies and organizations in other heavily regulated industries that its public cloud infrastructure can be trusted for sensitive workloads — things beyond archival storage. And, there are indications — including the private cloud it’s allegedly building for the CIA that it’s getting over its aversion to private cloud deployment as well.

OpenStack clouds are starting to gel — at least at some customer accounts. What remains to be seen is which of the many OpenStack cloud providers will gain traction. And meanwhile, AWS continues to chug along.

This story was updated at 8:40 a.m. PST with the latest OpenStack Summit registration figures.

6 Responses to “Cloud wars to rage on with dueling OpenStack, AWS events next week”

  1. Barb, this is why these conferences don’t interest to this point. If, I have to choose one or two conferences to go a year it would be the OpenStack one filled with more vendors than customers. Sounds like it will be all inside baseball talk.