October saw the OpenStack Foundation hold its six-monthly summit, this time in Tokyo, Japan. I’ve been covering OpenStack since it was created, and in that time have seen it grow massively, albeit with a few stumbles along the way. (Disclosure: The OpenStack Foundation covered some of my travel and expenses to attend the event.)

The Tokyo Summit was an interesting event, interesting because, away from the U.S., it could be a far more internationally-centric event. Many of the case studies we heard about showed this, and it was refreshing to see some great successes from non-U.S. OpenStack users.

As can be expected, there were some product announcements at the show, but perhaps more important was the fact that the foundation seems to be focused on where the real challenges lie. A case in point is the announcement of certifications for OpenStack developers.

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Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.