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lundi 21 mars 2016

Why OpenStack is a so successful project?

OpenStack with 20 million lines of open code, 23,756 individual contributors, and about 500 companies involved in 162 countries — including global companies such as Google — OpenStack is the de facto reference for private clouds. Paypal has announced this year a massive migration from VMWare to OpenStack, following the likes of Walmart (100,000 cores of OpenStack virtual machines announced in February), eBay, AT&T, American Express, Sony, Time Warner Cable, BMW, Disney Studio, BestBuy, Comcast, and many others including the Seneca Academic Cloud. Apple has joined the movement with a massive KVM/OpenStack deployment project last year.

Why is all this happening?

Four years ago, after reading several market studies focusing on cloud computing solutions — open source or not — I chose OpenStack for my R&D. A that time, many technologies with different levels of maturity were competing: Eucalyptus (IaaS), CloudStack, oVirt and ProxMox — the latter being more virtualization plus-plus than cloud. OpenStack was the new kid on the block and the most immature. Why did I choose it then?

Two elements were key to my decision:

  1. My knowledge of the open source ecosystem (I did a PhD thesis on the topic and I've been working for the last 11 years in this industry)
  2. A thorough analysis of the cloud computing market

Open Source is the best way to build business standards

For many years, companies have formed consortia as a way to solve complex technical issues. These organizations were complicated, highly political, and it seemed that only big companies would benefit in the end. At the same time, small businesses and start-ups have chosen to build new technologies faster, with the agility granted by open sourcing the code. Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Twitter, Spotify are only some of the most famous. Year after year, open source has become the most accepted way for organizations to collaborate in solving problems.

How do we recognize before anyone else a successful open source project? That's the million dollar question! For my part, two elements are important and I found them in the OpenStack community: a strong engineering team with “a dream”, and a business story. OpenStack key

OpenStack has never been a student project built in a garage but, from the beginning, it was an ambitious business initiative lead by engineers from NASA and Rackspace in partnership with established open source companies. Since day one and the first line of code, the men and women engaged in this project aimed at creating "The" cloud computing solution, the "Linux of the Cloud"... a dream! NASA co-founded this project because they needed Infrastructure as a Service for its large scale needs. Rackspace did it because Amazon Web Services was going to push them out of the market with a new generation of cloud solutions (the business story). After several months of R&D and deployment of this new technology, my gut feeling was confirmed when I saw a guy from my technical team wearing an OpenStack T-shirt. The dream was shared and going strong...

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mardi 10 septembre 2013

Free and open Cloud : the next step ? - Open World Forum 2013 with John Sullivan, FSF


Infrastructure as a Service is not a global cloud solution, this is only the first step. What are steps for a complete cloud architecture ? Orchestration and PaaS , what are the best ways for a efficient cloud ? We organize with Dave Neary (Community Action and Impact, Red Hat) and Nicolas Barcet (VP Products, eNovance), the Cloud Track in Open World Forum 2013. This year we realize a focus on the second step after the choice of IaaS solution: solutions and tools to go to PaaS approach. But we don't forget the essential : cloud must be really open :-) In guest, John Sullivan, Executive Director of FSF will discuss with us about what is the freedom in the cloud.


Program is built on 3 highlights:

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vendredi 21 juin 2013

Call of participation - Open World Forum 2013 - European free software and open source event


I'm a member of Open World Forum committee and I would like to say you: that is the time to contribute on program :-)

The Open World Forum is the first European summit to gather political representatives, decision-makers and experts to debate the technological, economic and social impacts that the Free and Open-Source technologies bring to the market. The forum was first held in 2008, and is now organized annually in Paris, France, with more than 200 speakers coming from 24 countries, and a global audience that was 2100-people strong in 2012. The Open World Forum is held in partnership with all the major international communities in Free Software and with the key players in the digital economy.


The Open World Forum is back for its sixth edition. It will be held on the 3rd, 4th and 5th of October 2013, and will take place in a completely new setting in order to accommodate a larger audience. This edition will be a milestone on the way to become the premier global event mixing state policies, social concerns, technology and economy. OWF will take place at the Beffroi in Paris, France and will again be organized by Systematic Paris Region. More than 3,000 attendees are expected for this next Edition, reflecting the renovated program.

Please submit your proposal for subjects, talks, lectures or participation in panel discussions on one of the following subjects. The submission deadline is set on June 30th, 2013. Submissions will be handled on an ongoing basis.

Call of participation

lundi 21 novembre 2011

Open source Samurai : the way of freedom


I'm passionate by martial arts and FLOSS and I decided to link this two elements in this post. Sorry for the persons who don't like martial metaphor.

This dialog is between an Senseï (Master in Japanese martial arts) and this disciple.

Disciple "Senseï, I wonder every day about open source and freesoftware. Am I the one or the other?"

Senseï "The doubt is the basis of wisdom. When you have no doubts, you know probably nothing. What differences do you make between these ?"

Samurai open source

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mercredi 19 octobre 2011

Open Source Business Ecosystem - PhD work (Presentation / slide in english)

My Open World Forum presentation about my PhD work:

Open Source Ecosystem

Open source ecosystem is very specific. In the same market we meet companies, end-users, professionals customers, editor, IT service providers and community with non-profit organization. These actors interact and create value.

Our research studies interaction between these actors and the impact on service value chain. Through an interaction model, Actor-network theory, and value chain of IT service, we interviewed 50 professionals (editor, IT service providers, CIO and community) with qualitative approach.

We will present for the first time the results of this research. This presentation will be oriented with a managerial approach:

- CIO: Do you have to choose an editor ? An IT service provider ?

- IT service provider: Community are better than Editor ? Where is the business in community approach ?

- Editor: Are you sure community is your friend ?

Linked on Slide Share : http://www.slideshare.net/Joll34/open-source-business-ecosystem

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