[This blog post is based on excerpts from the detailed notes posted by the Big Switch team during the OpenStack Summit Vancouver 2015. For complete details, click here.]

Another impressive OpenStack Summit has now concluded. The community works hard for months, excitement builds up for weeks and then, in what seems like a blink of the eye, another OpenStack Summit is in our rear view mirror. For Big Switch, it was another exciting and very busy Summit – both on the commercial as well as the design summit fronts. We have been participating actively since the Portland Summit and have seen the Neutron (Quantum) community grow in size and scope of the projects being undertaken over the years. The key theme I saw emerge this year is that OpenStack is now a mature technology.

Ready for Prime Time: The discussions about the scale and stability of early OpenStack deployments and the need for validations from a few select super users has given way to in-depth conversations about real-life deployment experiences – at enterprises of all sizes and scales. Yes, there is still a lot that needs to be done; there’s always the next frontier, but OpenStack super users were aplenty in Vancouver and we heard from a bunch of them over the five days. From my vantage point, I saw the following key trends or indicators that now is prime time:

  • Early Adopters, Now Followed by Early Majority (aka the Enterprise): By early adopters, I mean the super users we have seen over the last few Summits – good examples are companies such as Yahoo, Google, Walmart Labs, etc. These companies have been using OpenStack in their data center for some time now and they continue to lead the cutting-edge, open innovation. The early majority is now coming to the forefront – teams of infrastructure architects and engineers who have been part of the Open community, contributing and participating over the last few Summits who are now comfortable with the quality and reliability of the solutions the industry is making available to them. They are looking for proven, tested, and supported OpenStack solutions – fit-for-purpose and ready-to-deploy!

  • Ecosystems are Emerging: As the technology adoption goes mainstream, Enterprises are now demanding mature solutions to build out their OpenStack private clouds – compute, storage, and networking infrastructure, combined with best-in-class tools and services. At Big Switch, we play our part by not only delivering the best Leaf-Spine Clos Networking Fabric for an OpenStack data center but also by seamlessly integrating solutions from a range of technology alliance partners. These partners span across different layers of the stack: orchestration, L4-L7 services, and hardware platforms. By providing choice at each layer, the OpenStack community is finally providing the desired freedom from lock-in solutions. We are very excited to be part of this open ecosystem and would like to extend a big thank you to our partners at the Summit – Mirantis, Dell, Canonical, Red Hat, A10, and F5!

OpenStack Networking Innovation Continues: As with any OpenStack summit, there is always excitement with the latest innovation. Vancouver was no different with a lot of buzz around Containers (Project Magnum) and App Ecosystems (Project Murano). From a networking (Neutron) perspective, significant progress was made during the Liberty Summit design sessions. Like with all maturing engineering projects, it was obvious that Neutron community will continue solidifying the core (simple, reliable networking, operationally resilient, consistent APIs) and at the same time extend the innovation frontier (container networking, federated pods). Providing a consistent way to deal with physical, virtual, and container(ized) workloads and associated network connectivity and policies, while eliminating issues such as traffic hair-pinning that have been concerns in the past will be critical as we move forward. At Big Switch, we will play our part in this effort and will continue to be an active part of the community. Check out the Highlights from the Design Summit.

Getting Ready for Tokyo: With all the activity, Summit week was certainly exciting but also a bit overwhelming. So many interesting sessions and discussions going on in parallel, there is simply no way to stay on top of it all. Thankfully, almost all of the sessions are recorded and available here. If we missed you at the Summit, check out the following videos:

As we sign off from the OpenStack Vancouver Summit, I want to again thank all our customers, community and ecosystem partners. We could not have done it without your help. See you all in Tokyo!

– Sunit Chauhan

Director & Head of Product Marketing