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CloudStack dawdling behind OpenStack in open source competition

Despite zooming ahead out of the gate, CloudStack is falling behind OpenStack in the open source competition. With IBM, HP, Red Hat and others behind OpenStack, is CloudStack really competing or simply lingering?

The cloud market is a battleground filled with casualties that could no longer compete. Although CloudStack began the open source competition with a bang, the momentum shifted.

"When I looked at CloudStack versus OpenStack three years ago, the CloudStack stuff was light-years ahead," said David Linthicum. "But, OpenStack seemed to get the momentum mainly because they got the brands behind it." Linthicum discusses the state of CloudStack and other trends with cloud blogger Dana Gardner. Other topics include:

1. What does the future hold for CloudStack?

"There can only be so many open types of cloud infrastructures [and] stack movements," Gardner said. As Citrix -- CloudStack's primary sponsor -- continues its reorganization, CloudStack is draped with uncertainty.

"[Citrix] has some great assets and has had some wonderful success over the years, but being on the forefront of a CloudStack initiative might've been biting off a bit more than they can chew," Gardner said.

How did CloudStack lose its lead over OpenStack?

"Being ahead early doesn't necessarily [put] you ahead in the market," Gardner said. Will the better technology eventually win out? Linthicum and Gardner agree it's ultimately about getting to hybrid capabilities. (2:57-11:56)

2. Telecommunications vendors have yet to make a splash in the cloud market, but are any primed to do so? Linthicum doesn't think so.

"The patterns of the past are the patterns of the future," Linthicum said. But why haven't telcos made the jump to cloud computing? Gardner believes it's an innovation issue.

"I don't know that the culture of the telcos is like what they're doing at Facebook internally, in terms of refactoring and reconceiving what a data center is and what a cloud fabric of services provides," Gardner said. (11:58-20:18)

3. Despite the upcoming release of the iPhone 6, the iCloud hack remains the forefront of the Apple conversation. Linthicum and Gardner agree that cloud was not to blame. However, Gardner believes it's a password issue.

"We have to get out of the password business, especially when you use one email to authenticate and one or two passwords to access. … It's a problem years in the making that should've been put to rest long ago," Gardner said. Will the hack hurt iPhone 6 sales? (20:20-28:01)

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This was last published in September 2014

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