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What EMC's Cloudscaling buy means for OpenStack adoption

EMC acquired Cloudscaling with the hope of sharpening its OpenStack expertise. However, the impact on OpenStack adoption has yet to be determined.

The cloud acquisitions continue as more companies make their way into cloud computing. And lately, companies are on the hunt for OpenStack cloud startups. HP recently purchased Eucalyptus, and now EMC has gobbled up Cloudscaling.

David Linthicum discussed the acquisition's impact on OpenStack adoption and other cloud news with Jeff Dickey, chief innovation officer at Redapt, a systems integrator. Other topics discussed include:

1. What are EMC's plans for Cloudscaling? "[EMC has] a tradition of both engulfing and killing technologies, and also letting them flourish and be on their own … I'm really hoping that this means more enterprise adoption," Dickey said.

Dickey and Linthicum agree EMC's purchase of Cloudscaling "is a left-field buy." So, why did the company buy the open source cloud software vendor?

"EMC owns about somewhere around 80% of VMware, but it only accounts for 22% of EMC's revenue … Maybe they're looking at Cloudscaling and OpenStack to really supplement some of that part of their revenue," Dickey said.

EMC's motivation is Cloudscaling's technology, Linthicum said. "Cloudscaling has kind of a good approach to OpenStack … and I think EMC is going to see that as something that they can kind of bake into products," he said.

Are more of these acquisitions coming? Who's next? (6:05-12:55)

2. Are big data workloads and Hadoop ready to run in the cloud? "We've got so many things happening on the cloud around Hadoop and big data that makes this so much easier and so much more efficient, but I'm just skeptical. I'm skeptical about adoption except for the born-on-the-Web folks," Dickey said.

Most initial big data cloud deployments will be on-premises, bare-metal clouds; managed service providers and hosted environments, according to Linthicum. Whether big data will drive more public cloud adoption is a question many are asking.

"If some of these guys, specifically the on-premises single-tenant folks move into the cloud, they have to rip their technology apart and rebuild it," Linthicum said. (12:56-20:33)

3. Cloud skills are hot commodities in the IT job market, but there might not be enough talent to meet the demand. "I think there's going to be five or six jobs chasing one qualified candidate, and I think the lack of qualified candidates is going to hurt the expertise we need to build [clouds] effectively," Linthicum said.

How should enterprises address the need for cloud skills? (20:35-26:30)

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This was last published in October 2014

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