Despite backing from major industry players like IBM and HP, OpenStack hasn't met expectations. So what's holding it back?
OpenStack was started in 2010 as an open source rival to Amazon Web Services, but public clouds based on it failed to meet expectations. And now, despite industry support from major vendors including HP and IBM, a perceived lack of maturation has some questioning if OpenStack will ever take off.
451 Research estimates OpenStack's market value will be $1.7 billion next year and more than $3 billion by 2018. Additionally, major companies like Disney, BMW, Expedia, eBay, Wal-Mart and Time Warner have publicly extolled its value. But most observers don't expect universal OpenStack adoption. Its implementations will likely be limited to certain industries or companies that are more interested in control than it’s technical capabilities.
"Big banks and huge companies with a lot of IT staff will try harder and longer, and keep going with it because they want to own it and want to build it," said Ellen Rubin, CEO and co-founder of Clear Sky Data, a Boston-based stealth start up focused on enterprise infrastructure. "For enterprise IT, there remains huge motivation to work on OpenStack in the lab because they are being asked how they can provide IT as a service."