I just came back from the OpenStack Summit in Barcelona. The conference took place at CCIB, a beautiful convention center that overlooks the beach. It’s always interesting when the summit is hosted in a non-English-speaking country; it gives you the opportunity to learn a few new words. In my case, Spanish cuisine was a strong motivator to expand my vocabulary beyond “Hola.”

OpenStack Barcelona Photo

Let me walk you through my favorite stories from the keynote.

  • OpenStack Adoption: Serious adoption is occurring among a variety of users, such as Banco Santander, China Mobile, Comcast, Deutsche Telekom, Folksam, Sky UK, Snapdeal, Swisscom, Telefonica, Verizon, Volkswagen, and Walmart, to name a few. Scientific research firms like CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, are also using OpenStack to manage data for several of their key experiments.
  • Interoperability demo: No wonder OpenStack is attractive to end users—the ability to run the same application stack across 16 vendors is amazing! What’s not impressive about being able to standardize on the same open platform and utilize APIs that power a global network of public and private clouds?
  • Multi-Cloud: A hybrid cloud strategy is required by many organizations that need to meet certain SLAs. Platform9 showcased an impressive demo about how OpenStack Horizon can be extended to drive public cloud providers like Amazon AWS.
  • Containers: I find it very confusing at this stage to differentiate among the Kolla, Magnum, and Kuryr container projects in OpenStack, but I think it’s okay for now, given that Containers is still a new trend.

On the Market Place

The market is still dominated by OpenStack vendors who provide a one-stop-shop solution. This approach is perfect in the beginning, but the bigger the deployment, the more complicated it gets, requiring expertise in different domains.

On the Storage Side

Users still miss Enterprise features in OpenStack storage solutions. People are surprised to learn how DDN can do File & Object at the same time from a single appliance in one Namespace with the support for in-place analytics.


The dominating trend under discussion at the summit was containers, mostly those tied to business applications. Storage, on the other hand, is an area where we will see more adoption once the OpenStack cloud grows bigger and bigger.

  • Abdulrahman Alkhamees
  • Abdulrahman Alkhamees
  • Date: November 8, 2016