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Talligent 2015 Predictions: Openstack will take care of your pet


Virtualization and Cloud executives share their predictions for 2015.  Read them in this series exclusive.

Contributed article by John Meadows, Vice President of Business Development, Talligent

2015 Outlook – Public Cloud and OpenStack

1.       Public cloud prices will continue to drop.  This is a bit like predicting the continuation of Moores' law in 2015, or maybe that it will be hot in Austin next summer.  Somehow, it always seems to create a lot of press and blogger activity when Microsoft, Google, or Amazon lowers the cost of their compute instances. Breathless questions inevitably pop up - "is there a price war going on?", "will the other vendors match the drop?" "will cloud company X be chased out of business". 

Here are the short answers: "Yes, the battles will likely continue"; "Yes, otherwise the responding vendor risks losing market share"; "Yes, consolidation is likely".  Prices will continue to drop because a basic compute instance is generally non-differentiated across the big cloud providers.  A VM is a VM is a VM.  Since the cost of compute is decreasing, economics says that prices will decrease with decreases to the marginal cost.

Competition is fierce. We expect to see companies drop out or be acquired but the market is expanding tremendously right now with many new entrants working to differentiate their public and private hosted cloud offerings.

So when the price drops happen in 2015, don't be surprised.  Know how it impacts your business and the IT services you are providing and factor it into your 2015 strategic plan.

2.       Openstack will take care of your pet.  This prediction is not so obvious.  There is tremendous amount of interest within the Openstack community to cater to the needs of the enterprise.  This includes managing a wide range of workloads that might not easily fit the traditional cloud model. 

In broad terms, OpenStack has to become much more accessible to traditional IT organizations to stay relevant.  Community members are well aware of this and are working hard to improve usability.  Not only is the platform itself maturing (the result of 10s of thousands of development hours per release), but the ecosystem, infrastructure components, and management tools are growing and maturing as well. In 2015, deployment will become simpler, management will become more robust and straight forward, and visibility will improve.  Next year, OpenStack adoption will expand beyond public cloud providers and devops deployments to see meaningful enterprise production deployments.


About the Author

John Meadows is the Vice President of Business Development for Talligent.  Talligent enables the business of cloud by providing OpenStack management tools that delivers visibility and control to enterprises and service providers deploying private or public production clouds. This includes billing/showback, management reporting, self-service automation, and full customer life-cycle capabilities.

Published Monday, November 24, 2014 6:57 AM by David Marshall
@VMblog - (Author's Link) - February 10, 2015 6:59 AM

Once again, how great is it to be a part of the virtualization and cloud industries? 2014 was another banner year, and we witnessed a number of fantastic technologies take shape and skyrocket. And I, along with many industry experts and executives, media

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