OpenStack’s Phoenix Act: (re)Rising from today's cloud ashes

OpenStack’s Phoenix Act: (re)Rising from today's cloud ashes

In the grand theatre of cloud computing, where titans clash, and the audience (cloud operators) get to deal with the aftermath, a plot twist has recently unfolded that could be straight out of a daytime soap opera. Enter stage left: Broadcom’s acquisition of VMware has thrown a wrench into what many thought was a settled cloud landscape. But fear not, an old hero, long thought to be in its twilight phase, is ready for resurgence. That’s right, dust off your pyenv because OpenStack is back and might be the protagonist you didn’t know you needed.

OpenStack: The Cloud’s Rebellious Prodigy

OpenStack, the open-source cloud platform promising freedom, flexibility, and the end of vendor lock-in was like an indie band everyone rooted for until they went mainstream. But just like Robbie Williams, OpenStack is getting a second wind from the Angels at Broadcom. Just as Me and My Monkey were getting comfortable with the idea of proprietary, fixed, and (dare I say) boring cloud solutions, the acquisition of VMware has made everyone question their sanity and doubt the stability of their infrastructure’s future.

Why OpenStack’s Resurgence Isn’t Just Nostalgia

Broadcom’s acquisition of VMware isn’t FUD (though there has been a mess of FUD recently); it has sent ripples of uncertainty across VMware’s user base. OpenStack’s value proposition — open-source, highly customizable, and no single vendor calling the shots — suddenly, once again, it looks very appealing.

Here’s why OpenStack is more relevant than ever

  1. Uncertainty is the Only Certainty: With VMware’s future under Broadcom uncertain, OpenStack offers a stable, predictable, and transparent alternative. There’s something inherently comforting about being able to scrutinize every line of code — or at least knowing someone in the community has.
  2. Flexibility is King: In a world where the only constant is change, OpenStack’s flexibility means you’re not just prepared for today’s challenges but are well-equipped for tomorrow’s as well. Want to tweak your cloud infrastructure to run that obscure service your company somehow depends on? OpenStack says, “Hold my beer.
  3. Community, Not Customers: OpenStack’s community-driven approach means decisions are made for the benefit of users, not shareholders. It’s like choosing between a rock concert where you’re part of the mosh pit versus watching the show alone on your couch with a VR headset. Both are experiences, but only one leaves you with souvenirs.
  4. Innovation, Unleashed: Without the constraints of proprietary licensing and the fear of stepping on a vendor’s toes, innovation can thrive. OpenStack is the cloud equivalent of a sandbox game; the only limit is your imagination and willingness to commit to the community.
  5. Resilience and resistance: OpenStack is here and has been here supporting the cloud, moving the needle forward for more than a decade and keeping the titans on their toes.

Navigating the Post-Broadcom Waters

So, where does this leave cloud operators simply wanting to keep infrastructure running without all the drama? With open-infrastructure, operators can steer their own ships, navigating through the stormy seas of the cloud with a resilient and adaptable platform. If the Broadcom-VMware saga has taught us all anything, it’s that betting on open-source is the best thing you can do to ensure business continuity.

That’s a wrap

Those are my thoughts in a nut shell. While the Broadcom acquisition of VMware might feel like we’re living through a rerun of a bad reality TV show, it’s also a reminder of the value of autonomy, community, and innovation that platforms like OpenStack provide. So, as we brace ourselves for the next wave of deprecations and the elimination of tools from the VMworld, let’s not forget that sometimes, looking back is the best way to move forward. OpenStack’s act of defiance against the cloud oligarchy is a true testament to the resilience of open source. After all, in the cloud game, the only constant rule is that there are no rules.