AT&T announced that it has joined the OpenStack Community at the 2012 CES AT&T Developer Summit. This is a significant move for AT&T and Cloud Computing.
OpenStack was formed to address the needs of standardization when proprietary Cloud stacks were emerging. Rackspace and NASA started the OpenStack initiative in July 2010. Since then, it has grown into a community of 160+ companies and 3000+ members.
Currently, when one deploys apps to a Cloud, he is concerned about being “locked-in”. When we have a standardized Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Cloud based applications can run on top of any Cloud. It benefits consumers, developers and Cloud vendors in all layers of the stacks.
OpenStack implementation eliminates vendor lock-in, proprietary protocols, closed hardware platforms and excessive enterprise licensing fees. This could create a huge impact in the Cloud space.
One impact was to influence other vendors to be more open to the community. Amazon has announced the beta version of its new AWS Partner Network (APN). It is a new global program that provides partners with the technical information, sales and marketing support they need to accelerate their AWS business.
It looks like “openness” and “standardization” is the trend!