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OpenStack: Summit and Summary

One of our favorite events rolled into Austin this week: the OpenStack Summit! We had a great time checking out all of the vendor booths and catching up with our partners and the OpenStack community at large. After attending the events from Day 1, our CEO Jordan Koncak said,

“Something that I really appreciate about OpenStack is that the complexities and implementation brings out such a group of talented individuals. That’s why it produces such a great result. They are pioneering mavericks. They run wild to get to that next level of excellence and make a change.”

For those of you who don’t know, OpenStack is a free and open source software platform that allows you to set up, scale, and manage public and private clouds. Back in the old days (pre 2010), setting up a cloud was a real challenge. You had to rely on private packages, and it was difficult to find ones that would be compatible with each other. Then Rackspace and NASA descended from the heavens with OpenStack, and fundamentally changed the cloud game. The beauty of OpenStack is that it allows your data center to scale elastically in a virtualized environment, and because it is API-driven it can interface with any application so your compatibility worries are a thing of the past. As shown in the following image, the OpenStack software platform consists of a cloud operating system that controls compute, networking and storage resources pooled through a data center managed by a dashboard which you can see here.

The advantages of OpenStack become even more apparent when you think about your bottom line. Instead of spending time and money to scale your data center or ensure that it can work with your various applications, you can let OpenStack take care of that for you. Now your data center can stop being such a massive drain on your resources. That being said, using OpenStack is not without its challenges. Because it’s still a relatively new technology that comes with so many features out of the box, it takes a bit more effort to get installed and set up to your specifications. However, with the Metric Loop team at your disposal, we can get you set up and running in no time.

The OpenStack Summit was an awesome event that we really enjoyed. Staying active in the OpenStack community keeps us at the top of our game, and lets us deliver the best services and technology possible to you. We’re looking forward to continuing to contribute to the community, and maybe we’ll see you at the next Summit in Barcelona!

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Nick Basile

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Nick is the Lead UI/UX Engineer at Metric Loop. He lives in Austin, TX and spends his free time taking long strolls on South Lamar. If you see him, be sure to honk.