IBM issues ‘Interop Challenge’ to fellow OpenStack vendors

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Don Rippert_IBM_OpenStack SummitDon Rippert kicked off IBM’s presence at the OpenStack Summit with a challenge to fellow vendors: proof of interoperability by the end of October.

Rippert, general manager for IBM Cloud Strategy, Business Development and Technology, spoke to a standing-room crowd Monday at the summit in Austin, Texas, where he began by reaffirming IBM’s commitment to open technology. Rippert outlined three major areas necessary for successful open source projects: innovation, integration and interoperability.

“If you can provide that,” he said, “customers will buy your product.”

Rippert credited the OpenStack community with strong work in the innovation and integration categories, but on the subject of interoperability he said, “I think we can do more.”

To that end, Rippert issued what he called the “Interop Challenge.” The goal is to publically demonstrate how OpenStack delivers on the promise of interoperability across on-premises, public and hybrid cloud deployments. IBM will work with all willing participants to deploy and successfully run OpenStack environments across multiple clouds in an event that will take place prior to the Oct. 24 OpenStack Summit in Barcelona.

“What I would love to see,” Rippert said, “is that by the time October rolls around, we’re able to do a public interoperability demonstration among multiple vendors showing that the different implementations of OpenStack are, in fact, interoperable.”

The key to achieving this, he said, is by showing scenario-based interoperability.

IBM will invite all OpenStack Foundation member companies to participate in the challenge. Companies that choose to participate will join the OpenStack Tempest project team to develop draft test cases to be used in the challenge from May to August.

Angel Diaz, IBM vice president of cloud technology and architecture, said this is an important step in an ongoing commitment to open technologies.

“There will be no single cloud,” Diaz said. “There will be multiple clouds. Ninety-seven percent of OpenStack users are here because they want to make all these clouds behave as one, and they want to see the APIs standardized [according to a recent OpenStack user study]. That’s what OpenStack does.”

Rippert concluded by stressing the importance for the entire community to show that OpenStack is “not a tricky way to achieve vendor lock-in.”

“If we can do more in this category of interoperability, we’ll be a more popular choice,” he said.

Interested in being a part of the Interop Challenge? Contact Don Rippert or Angel Diaz directly.

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