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IBM Pulse: Standing room only at Open Cloud Summit

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Open cloud is definitely of interest, indicated by standing room only at the second IBM Pulse Open Cloud Summit, held February 23, 2014. Building on last year’s event, more than 350 analysts, customers and partners came together to hear about and discuss the growing adoption of open cloud.

This being my first time at IBM Pulse, I was not sure what to expect. Angel Diaz, VP of IBM Open Technologies, kicked off with an amazing statistic:  90 percent of mobile users keep their device within arm’s reach 100 percent of the time.

Just think of the impact that will have on how users expect to use mobile devices and the services that they will want to access and use while on the go. Scalable and agile open cloud technologies are essential if we are to satisfy this demand for services.

In a series of five-minute lightning talks, we heard about the health and adoption of open source and open standards in the world of cloud, covering OpenStack, Cloud Foundry and the Cloud Standards Customer Council (CSCC).

(RelatedIBM to sponsor Cloud Foundry Foundation)

The following is an example of some of the speakers who shared their knowledge and expertise of open cloud in these talks:

• Jonathan Bryce, Executive Director at the OpenStack Foundation
• Dr. Nic Williams, a key contributor to Cloud Foundry
• Torsten Volk, EMA Research Director, on adoption of open cloud standards including OpenStack
• Richard Soley, President and CEO at OMG and the Cloud Standards Customer Council (CSCC)
• Bill Cox, GM Intel Service Assurance Management on Intel’s support for open cloud standards and their adoption within Intel

What caught me by surprise is how important IBM believes OpenStack to be, not only to its own adoption of cloud, but also to the creation of a vibrant ecosystem to make it easier for users to deploy and consume cloud services.

This commitment to OpenStack was reinforced by the IBM speakers. With the IBM acquisition of SoftLayer in 2013, there were questions about OpenStack. Nathan Day, Chief Scientist at SoftLayer, firmly squashed any rumors. OpenStack is firmly part of SoftLayer’s vision of the future.

He introduced Jumpgate, an open source project to provide OpenStack API compatibility for SoftLayer, but also other clouds. With IBM’s recent announcement of a $1.2 billion investment in deploying additional SoftLayer and public cloud services, this will greatly extend the ability of users to access public cloud using OpenStack.

The picture presented for IBM’s adoption of open cloud standards was breathtaking.

Open Cloud Summit

This adoption extends from OpenStack across public and private infrastructure as a service (IaaS) cloud through to CloudFoundry in its Codename: BlueMix platform as a service solution, along with open standards for enabling workload portability with TOSCA from OASIS and the OpenStack HEAT and HOT projects.

The Open Cloud Summit was a great introduction to open cloud standards and adoption in IBM. I am looking forward to hearing much more about all of these technologies and standards over the rest of the Pulse conference. Follow me on Twitter @stevestrutt if you want to continue this discussion, or comment below.


Check out more coverage from IBM Pulse 2014

Frank Bauerle: Does cloud computing drive business agility?

Allan Tate: Three ways IBM Pulse 2014 exemplifies our times

Rob Phippen: Integration and cloud: A new chapter in a long story

Sarit Sotangkur: Five key takeaways for developers

Rakesh Ranjan: The data scientist’s guide to BlueMix

Angel Luis Diaz: IBM to sponsor Cloud Foundry Foundation

Michael J. Fork: IBM leads with Codename: BlueMix

Steve Strutt: Standing room only at Open Cloud Summit

Ron Kline: Hybrid cloud is here (and its future is dynamic)

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