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Growing Up Fast: OpenStack Turns 4

4th-Birthday-Sticker-208x300OpenStack celebrates its 4th birthday today, and while the champagne corks are popping over at Openstack.org, we thought it would be another good opportunity to reflect on what we have observed in the OpenStack community in the last 4 years. We shared some of our impressions in our blog “OpenStack and the Top 5 Reasons for Private Cloud Adoption” after we returned from OpenStack Summit in Atlanta in May.

OpenStack can now proudly state that there are now more than 70 global user groups and 17,000 community members across 139 countries, spanning more than 370 organizations. What we find compelling is that they are no longer just early adopters dipping their toes in the water. While we love working with those brave enough to go where no one has gone before, it’s now exciting to see the plethora of traditional retail, media, banking, and finance companies that are adopting OpenStack. But we think OpenStack is just beginning to hit its prime.

Many enterprises are still in the infancy of a true multi-cloud infrastructure. Some are just beginning to adopt a private cloud, while most have both public and private cloud footprints. For those that have already implemented a multi-cloud strategy, management, orchestration, automation and analytics are becoming of greater concern. More and more, enterprises are able to relate to the management pains that we are solving. The market is obviously maturing.

Several of Scalr’s marquee clients are now OpenStack users, and the volume of new OpenStack enquiries has been impressive. We look forward to being able to share some of their stories soon as well as to meeting more OpenStack users at OpenStack Summit Paris in November!
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