A few days ago I wrote in my personal blog about the recent hubbub happening online around OpenStack readiness. This was related to the PayPal story about switching platforms for their payment API hosting and some other customer facing infrastructure.
This is a brief excerpt that highlighted an imporant point to me. At 5 years in, OpenStack has come a long way. At 5 years in, VMware wasn't anywhere near the stable platform they are today.
If we look at timelines, VMware at 5 years old, was on ESX version 2.0 release in wider use and had just launched ESX Server 3.0 with patches up to 3.0.2 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VMware_ESX). I was running the latest copy of ESX server at my organization and often getting push back from folks on the idea that we may be heading down a road with a product that isn’t ready for production use for enterprise applications.
I wrote recently about the great OpenStack Superuser article about the 5 year summary of the project and how the vision of the OpenStack foundation, and the community, was growing and morphing into something very cool. While there is a lot of growing to go through, there has also been an incredible amount of, dare I say maturity, developed by the OpenStack platform.
The full post is here (Some Thoughts on OpenStack Readiness in the News | ) if you're keen to read more.
Most of all, I would love to know what you think about OpenStack. Is OpenStack ready? And are you ready for OpenStack?