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OpenStack Board Member Says Adding VMware Was a Mistake 64

Posted by timothy
from the nomenclature-and-differentiation dept.
BButlerNWW writes "VMware is in OpenStack now, but not everyone thinks that's such a good idea. One member of the newly created OpenStack Board of Directors says allowing VMware into the open source cloud project was a 'huge mistake' that could damage the project's market perception. Boris Renski is co-founder of OpenStack integration consultancy Mirantis and he says every enterprise he's worked with so far has been interested in OpenStack because they view it as an alternative to VMware. The board's vote earlier this month has now muddled the differences, he says. 'If OpenStack isn't an alternative to VMware, then what the hell is it?' Renski says."
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OpenStack Board Member Says Adding VMware Was a Mistake

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  • Devils Advocate (Score:5, Insightful)

    by kylegordon (159137) on Monday September 17, 2012 @03:03PM (#41365749) Homepage

    It's comical and a bit sad to think that the board fell for it. The very act of VMware signing up and sitting there to play devils advocate is causing confusion for potential customers. Either way, VMware wins.

  • Answer (Score:5, Insightful)

    by girlintraining (1395911) on Monday September 17, 2012 @03:16PM (#41365883)

    'If OpenStack isn't an alternative to VMware, then what the hell is it?' Renski says."

    A: A tool.

    IT professionals, well, experienced ones anyway, don't care what the name is on the tin, as long as it does what it says on the tin. If it does its job well, it will succeed. If it does not, well... there are alternatives.

  • What is openstack? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by vlm (69642) on Monday September 17, 2012 @03:20PM (#41365927)

    What is openstack? Other than something with a board of directors, that per the front page is "simple to implement, massively scalable, and feature rich". Thats great, so is EMACS and apache and linux.

    I clicked around and it uses git and the install instructions show it fdisks something, presumably my hard drive (whoa there nellie) and uses mysql as a backend and whatever keystone and glance and nova and horizon might be, their installation is pretty easy. But what is openstack? Basically a linux distro that installs that stuff, or ... ?

    Note that I'm no noob... its just that I can't figure out what openstack is. I've done tons of NFS/AFS/Samba over the decades and some virtualization stuff with vmware and I have a little 4 node 20-30 LXC image "cluster" at home. LXC because its simple and the hardware is ancient aka free so I can't do "fancy" hardware virtualization.

  • by gtirloni (1531285) on Monday September 17, 2012 @03:27PM (#41366009)
    I get a feeling the OpenStack folks somehow hope to bring all competing vendors under the same umbrella and it'll all be ponies and rainbows all the way to cloud nirvana.

    I'm afraid one that tries to pleases everybody, turns into an ugly mess.
  • by Pinhedd (1661735) on Monday September 17, 2012 @03:27PM (#41366011)
    I couldn't possibly agree more. I hate when I get directed to a project website and get bombarded with page after page of non-statements that say absolutely nothing about the project. The first two things I want to know are "what is it?" and "why should I care?". Save the marketing drivel.
  • Re:Answer (Score:4, Insightful)

    by LordLimecat (1103839) on Monday September 17, 2012 @03:56PM (#41366447)

    Perhaps instead of "experienced IT professionals" he should have said "competent IT professionals".

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