Getting Started With OpenStack

Cloud Expo 2013 Billboard South_468

I had the opportunity earlier this year to participate in the Cloud Expo in New York City, both as an OpenStack Foundation booth staffer and as a breakout session speaker (more on that later).  With IBM as a Diamond sponsor and Rackspace as a Platinum sponsor, OpenStack was front and center in many keynote sessions, breakouts, and conversations on the exhibit floor.

Questions About OpenStack

BoothIn particular, the foot traffic at the OpenStack booth was very brisk with many questions and great conversations about the merits and maturity of OpenStack.  I had an opportunity to speak with delegates, not only from Metro New York, but from all over the United States and the World.  There were a number of questions that I heard repeatedly as many individuals and companies are in the process of sorting out what exactly is OpenStack and assessing it’s viability as a production-ready Cloud Computing platform.  Here are the questions I was most frequently asked:

  • What is OpenStack?
  • How does it compare with VMware?
  • How does it compare with CloudStack?
  • Who’s running OpenStack in production?
  • If OpenStack is an open-source project, is security an issue?
  • Who will support it if I run it in my company and it breaks?
  • How do companies make money “selling” OpenStack?
  • What else do I need to know if I want to run it in my company?

Getting Started With OpenStack

ExpoAs mentioned earlier, I also had the opportunity to give a presentation on “Getting Started With OpenStack.”  Many thanks to the attendees who came out at 8:15 AM on a rainy Thursday morning.  The breakout session was as interactive as I hoped and everyone’s participation and feedback helped me to make improvements to the original presentation.  I’ve also started to giving this presentation at OpenStack user group meetups throughout the country.  You can view the updated presentation below and also download it from SlideShare.  All feedback, positive or negative, is welcomed.



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