On Thursday November 29th, eNovance has organized the 3rd edition of the « OpenStack in action ! » event in Paris. The day was intense and we had great speakers coming from all around the world to talk about OpenStack.
The majority of the 200 attendees was of course french but people came from 15 different countries to see speakers such as Mark Collier and Thierry Carrez, from the OpenStack foundation who explained the foundation priorities for 2013 and told us more about the technical committee; Rick Clark, from Cisco who underlined the importance of open source and its strengths, Adolfo Brandes, flying from Brazil to encourage companies to work efficiently on open source softwares thanks to Upstream University…
This edition showed how OpenStack is gaining interest and is growing in Europe at a fast pace.
European companies and entities were widely represented, among them: Stackops (Spain), Hastexo (Austria), the CERN (Switzerland), eNovance and Cloudwatt (France)…
Arturo Suarez from Stackops showed us interesting metrics on Cloud adoption in Europe and why OpenStack is a land of opportunities for doing business in the region.
Florian Haas (Hastexo) and James Duncan (Inktank) told us more about Ceph, the new yet very promising technology for storage and its integration on OpenStack.
Jan van Eldik, came to present the “already famous” CERN’s case study and explained why they chose an OpenStack Private Cloud (and a big one!) for their infrastructure…and, they have the ambition to ramp this infrastructure to 1500 hypervisors and between 100 000 and 300 000 VMs by 2015!
Cloudwatt, the new French company also chose OpenStack to build a massive Public Cloud in France. eNovance is helping them design and build their infrastructure.
Cloudwatt has a capital of 225 million euros and its goals are clear and ambitious : build a European Cloud that will be able to compete with american giants such as AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google…. France has never seen projects of this magnitude and the French government has clearly showed its engagement to promote the execution of this important project of common European interest (the French government invested 75 million euros in Cloudwatt). eNovance and Cloudwatt, both French sponsors of the OpenStack foundation showed how OpenStack allows service providers to be aggressive in terms of pricing on the very competitive IaaS market and are deeply committed in showing the way to OpenStack adoption in Europe.
All the companies that are involved in OpenStack underlined the importance of developing the community, multiplying the contributors and sharing the work in order to keep this fast pace of development and add new great features to OpenStack every 6 months.
Thanks to the HR investments several contributing companies made to work on OpenStack, we can see now that Quantum (network) is already a core project in the Folsom release and Ceilometer (metering) has been accepted in incubation in the future Grizzly release.
We were also please to welcome “newcomers” for this 3rd edition: HP, Suse, NetApp and IBM came to talk about their different contributions to the project and to explain why and how they are integrating their services on OpenStack. Whether we are talking about huge OpenStack based public clouds or different services related to storage or distributions, the presence of these companies gave a brand new scope to the visibility of OpenStack in France and Europe.