8 highlights from OpenStack Summit, day 1

A new certification exam, new 'gold' foundation members, and a new logo were just a few of the highlights from OpenStack Foundation COO Mark Collier's keynote.

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The OpenStack Summit kickstarted in Barcelona, Spain on October 25, 2016. As usual it was a fully packed show with over 5,000 attendees. Mark Collier, Chief Operating Officer at OpenStack Foundation took to the stage and discussed where OpenStack is heading. Here are some major highlights from the first day of the show:

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Mark Collier shows the new logo of OpenStack

Launch of a new logo: Collier introduced us to OpenStack’s new logo that replaces the good old ‘3D’ design paradigm with the modern, flatter design. It’s the first time in six years that the OpenStack logo received an overhaul.

Solving the talent crisis: As there is a growing demand for OpenStack talent, the OpenStack Foundation started a vendor neutral Certified OpenStack Administrator exam. The exam is gaining traction in the market as it does tend to solve the talent crisis a bit. According to the foundation, more than 500 IT professionals from 50 countries have taken the exam, and another 500 exam vouchers have been purchased for tests to be scheduled. Demand has primarily been driven by key training partners including Rackspace, who is the leading reseller, as well as The Linux Foundation and SUSE.

Four new gold members: There are a lot of companies who use OpenStack and many of these companies are interested in becoming gold members of the foundation. The foundation has approved four members of the OpenStack community as the newest Gold Members of the Foundation. “These are the companies that put a lot of time and resources into making the foundation possible,” said Collins. The four companies are City Network and Deutsche Telekom in Europe, and 99Cloud and China Mobile in China.

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Four Opens: Open Source, Open Community, Open Design, Open Development . Collier said that while they love open source at OpenStack, it’s just one piece of it. He explained that Open community means everybody's involved, everyone has a seat at the table, especially users. All of their meetings are in the open and not behind closed doors. Open Design mean “how we should implement or design new features, new functionality, new improvements to the next version of OpenStack, which happens to be Ocata.” By Open Development he meant that like some ‘open source’ projects, OpenStack doesn’t wait until the product is done and throw it over the wall. Everything is open from the very beginning. Collier said, “ The more open your process is, the more likely you are to be able to attract and integrate smart people who are passionate about making great software solving big problems from all over the world.”

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Diversity: Collier also talked about diversity and showed us a map that showcased that OpenStack contribution is coming from all over the world. He also talked about gender diversity and mentioned Intel that donated $100K to the foundation to promote diversity. There was a women’s networking event in the morning where professional women gathered for breakfast.

Comparison with Linux: I often heard the word Linux on stage where several speakers compared the success and magnitude of OpenStack with that of Linux. Ann Lai stated that while Linux is over 25 years old, OpenStack is only 6 years old and it has achieved a lot in these 6 years. Well, in part, credit goes to Linux because it made commercial entities comfortable with Linux. I suspect that a majority of OpenStack users like Walmart are already running their infrastructure on Linux in some capacity. It’s true that today, OpenStack is becoming a defacto standard when it comes to infrastructure and private cloud. Companies like Deutsche Telekom are now using OpenStack to build public cloud to compete with AWS and Google.

Super user winner: During the summit, the OpenStack Foundation also announced the winner of the Superuser Award. It’s given to organization that uses OpenStack to run their infrastructure. This year China mobile was the winner of the award.

OpenStack leads to containers: Collier mentioned a statistic by 451 Group that disclosed that people are adopting containers three times faster if they're OpenStack users then if they're not. “This really speaks to the way OpenStack as an integration engine is bringing new technologies to bear in different organizations,” said Collier.

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