After losing big backers, what's next for OpenStack?

Dive Brief:

  • Last week, Red Hat Inc. announced the availability of Red Hat OpenStack Platform 10, the company’s cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solution.
  • Red Hat’s release is a vote of confidence for OpenStack, which recently lost two major corporate backers in Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Cisco Systems.
  • Jonathan Bryce, director of the OpenStack foundation, in an interview with Fortune said the move away from OpenStack by HPE and Cisco could simply indicate how difficult it now is for companies like HPE or Cisco to take on Amazon Web Services and Google in the cloud.

Dive Insight:

The rumors of OpenStack’s demise may have been a bit exaggerated. While HPE and Cisco both recently announced they are downsizing their respective OpenStack-based public cloud efforts, Red Hat remains fully committed.

Some are still holding on to the promise of OpenStack and its open source tools for managing public and private clouds. A few large organizations, outside the traditional IT space, are standing by the platform as well. Retail behemoth Walmart is still banking on OpenStack as the foundation for its private cloud efforts, Fortune reports.

Instead, OpenStack may find a home in specific application types or regions and more niche markets. 

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