OpenStack now works across all major clouds

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Leading cloud vendors have demonstrated how quick and easy it is to change from one provider to another at the InterOp Challenge at the OpenStack Summit in Barcelona

Established earlier this year, the InterOp Challenge is an initiative aimed at demonstrating how OpenStack can provide interoperability between different cloud vendors.

At the Barcelona Summit, cloud vendors who took part in the InterOp Challenge demonstrated the ability to get the OpenStack program up and running on their platforms in under 10 minutes.

OpenStack is a free and open-source software platform for cloud computing, mostly used as infrastructure-as-a-service, so instead of building your own data centre, you could use OpenStack to store and serve all your applications from a sort of virtual data centre.

OpenStack was established in 2010 as a joint project between Rackspace Hosting and Nasa, and has industry-wide support. It is currently used by companies such as Comcast, PayPal, Volkswagen, Cern, and AT&T among many others.

Now, as a result of this latest interoperability development, whether you have applications on Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure, moving from one to another will be a much more simple process.

Participants of the InterOp Challenge have also created automated tools for the deployment of applications across a variety of OpenStack environments.

Moreover, they have generated resources on best practices, and produced an interoperability roadmap for other OpenStack members in the future.

OpenStack InterOp members say they will continue to collaborate across the community to drive further interoperability improvements for OpenStack going forward.

To date, 18 companies are part of the initiative. They include:

  • IBM;
  • AT&T;
  • Canonical;
  • Cisco;
  • Deutsche Telekom;
  • DreamHost;
  • Fujitsu;
  • Huawei;
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise;
  • Intel;
  • Linaro;
  • Mirantis;
  • OpenStack Innovation Center (OSIC);
  • OVH;
  • Rackspace;
  • Red Hat;
  • Suse; and
  • VMware.

The InterOp Challenge was originally issued to OpenStack Foundation peers by Don Rippert, general manager for IBM Cloud strategy, business development and technology, at the OpenStack Summit in Austin in April 2016, and called for fellow cloud vendors to show proof of interoperability by the end of October.

Rippert says:

“What customers want from open source projects is innovation, integration and interoperability”.

“Nobody has doubted the innovation and integration capabilities within the OpenStack projects, however some doubted whether the vendors supporting OpenStack would work together to achieve interoperability”.

“Today with this significant milestone, we are proving to the world that cross-vendor OpenStack interoperability is a reality”.

“When it comes to OpenStack, our hope is that this demonstration of working interoperability will reduce customer fears of vendor lock-in.”