Openstack versus VMWare vCloud = CloudFoundry
As the open cloud concept rises more and more in terms of adoption and development, you can’t stop wondering:
– will it be a legitimate threat to proprietary clouds, e.g. VMWare vCloud?
– how will the cloud eco-space change now that OpenStack seems to be on its way to massive adoption?
– will OpenStack prove to be so powerful or will be used as just a label many cloud providers will use for fighting the reign of Amazon, VMWare, ..?
Open architectures had always been tricky to adopt in large scale (in the end each big corporation implementing their “open” platform) – but what is true is that today in the Cloud there are hundreds of powerful suppliers and more are coming – either they will consolidate in time or will need an open system in order to make interoperability possible.
And here comes OpenStack… founded in 2010 by Rackspace and NASA – and as days go by receiving more support from big companies: Ericsson, IBM, Sony are the latest companies to announce OpenStack support and deployment of their own cloud services based on the open cloud system. Rackspace announced recently the start of OpenStack beta testing – meaning “running tens of thousands of computing instances, as opposed to the hundreds under alpha tests until now” (full post here). And this is just weeks later after Cloudscaling announced, during Cloud Connect 2012, that they would like to make OpenStack webscale – launching (together with Arista Networks and Quanta Computer Technologies) the Cloudscaling OCS (Open Cloud System) – a system for production cloud deployments.
And while the OpenStack support is pouring in, the major supporters focus on getting more and more attention from the developers communities – supporters like CloudStack and Picton pushing for developers meetings all over the world. While the majority of the meetings happen in the Valley, there are places like Japan, Australia, Spain that have gathered a lot of supporters in discussing and testing the latest of OpenStack (OpenStack communities). With such an incredible support for OpenStack should VMWare feel like loosing market?
VMWare vCloud was considered during 2011 still the number one choice of cloud operating system – according to Zenoss’ 2011 OpenStack Adoption Survey – being voted by 39.8% of respondents as the cloud operating system they’ll mostly likely deploy. Is true though that in the same survey OpenStack was close by with 38.4 percent, which is extremely good taking in account that OpenStack is no more then 2 years old.
In a clever move towards the open cloud market, VMWare initiated in April 2011 the Cloud Foundry initiative – an open Platform as a Service – providing a choice of clouds, developer frameworks and application services.
What does this means? Basically means that CloudFoundry can run on top of any public/private cloud platform, not only VMWare vSphere and vCloud, but also the likes of Eucalyptus and OpenStack…And this is something nobody else can claim today.
More about CloudFoundry: CloudFoundry.com is a public instance of Cloud Foundry operated by VMware, running on vSphere infrastructure and supports the Spring, Ruby on Rails, Sinatra, Scala and node.js frameworks. CloudFoundry.com supports vFabric Postgres, vFabric RabbitMQ, MongoDB, MySQL and Redis.
Also a CloudFoundry.org was created – an open source community site where developers can collaborate and contribute to the Cloud Foundry project. Up to now Cloud Foundry seem to be receiving a lot of thumbs-up, recently HP announced they will build their cloud based on OpenStack and CloudFoundry..Like OpenStack, Cloud Foundry can be run anywhere. Once again, you’ll have the option of using the service in tandem with other services or private platform clouds since is perceived as an open source “cloud operating system.”
You want to give it a try? Go to CloudFoundry site and register and you will be guided into all you need in order to start developing on CloudFoundry. And also attend the London Bootcamp event on May 1st.
Want to give a try to OpenStack instead? Try Rackspace supported DevStack, where you can start practicing your OpenStack skills.