OpenStack is the industry’s most successful private cloud technology. That may not be enough. As Gartner analyst Alan Waite posits, there are a limited number of use cases for which OpenStack actually makes sense. This isn’t to suggest that OpenStack is DOA, but rather that the OpenStack community needs to find ways to work more closely with leading public clouds. In other words, OpenStack needs to embrace Amazon Web Services. The problem, however, is that AWS doesn’t need OpenStack nearly as much as OpenStack needs it.

Private or public?

That isn’t soley my opinion. OpenStack pioneer and Cloudscaling CEO Randy Bias, analyzing AWS numbers, declares it’s time to stop pretending the public cloud won’t thrive and instead find ways to work with it. Given that AWS has clearly “built something fundamentally new” that “is growing at an unprecedented pace”, Bias insists:

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