As I winged my way back home after attending OpenStack’s Summit in Barcelona last week, I was struck by a growing suspicion that the event marked a turning point for the open source cloud initiative, and that its future is going to start looking different to its past.
I’ve been following OpenStack since its inception six years ago. Back then the project, initially conceived by Rackspace and NASA, saw interest from a couple of different areas.
Firstly there were a high number of startups which were founded with an aim of commercializing OpenStack. These startups, largely founded by people had been involved with the project either at Rackspace or NASA, secured copious amount of early-stage venture capital. Most of these companies have folded or been acquired (and generally subsequently shuttered) — Nimbula, Piston Cloud and CloudScaling are now consigned, in part or in whole, to history.