Thursday, 16 June 2016 10:54

OpenStack reports strong Australian uptake post first local conference

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Strong interest and adoption of OpenStack reported by attendees at OpenStack’s first Australian conference should come as no surprise, with over 300 users attending.

A total of 65% of attendees to the first ‘OpenStack Australian Day’ conference report having adopted OpenStack, with the remainder considering adoption, according to Aptira and the OpenStack company.

The company reports its first local conference, which was held in Sydney last month, was "the region’s largest, and Australia’s first conference focusing on the open source cloud technology".

It also says the conference "signalled expectations for the growth of OpenStack by the local market over the next 18 months", and also "reflects significant opportunity for vendors and service providers specialising in OpenStack technology and services".

The conference featured a keynote from Jonathan Bryce, executive director of the OpenStack Foundation, who announced Sydney as the host city for the global OpenStack Summit in November 2017.

Hosted by Aptira, the event was sold out and attracted over "300 users from a range of public and private sector organisations, as well as some of the largest OpenStack vendors and solution providers both locally and internationally, including Red Hat, SUSE and Rackspace among many others".

A survey was conducted at the event "to gather information about attendees’ OpenStack experience and adoption showed that approximately 65% had adopted OpenStack, while 70% of those who had not yet adopted OpenStack, have, or are in the process of investigating the use of this platform within their company".

OpenStack takes this as "suggesting the potential for further growth of this platform within Australia".

The company reports that "conference attendees provided valuable insights into why their organisations have not yet adopted this technology and where technical and commercial education is needed to bridge the gap".

They also "identified many advantages to running OpenStack – from increased transparency and integrity, to streamlining their internal IT infrastructure and providing greater scalability and flexibility within their organisation".

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Assessing the growth of OpenStack within Australia, Aptira’s chief operating officer Roland Chan said: “I was pleasantly surprised by the number of Australian enterprises that showed up to OpenStack Australia Day, and of those that attended and advocated uptake.

“This means we're starting to see more innovative thinking from Australian enterprises in this area. There's a lot of value to be unlocked in OpenStack so it’s a really positive indication for the future."

Keiran McCartney, alliances and solutions manager at NetApp and Solidfire, said: “There's obviously a lot of interest in the local market but I think we are going to see a real ramp-up in the coming 12 to 18 months with regards to actual OpenStack adoption.”

Peter Jung, business development manager at Red Hat, said: ”We didn't even think, a few years ago, that OpenStack could be a fundamental building block for the strategic choice of next generation carrier networks via Network Functions Virtualisation, but it just happened."

The company says that "events such as OpenStack Australia Day, and the upcoming OpenStack Government Day help develop deeper understanding of the benefits of OpenStack among the community through user case studies, the exchange of feedback, technical sessions, live demonstrations and workshops".

As you can imagine, both Aptira and OpenStack are pumped about the success they’ve enjoyed with the first OpenStack Australia Day conference, and have planned "several more Australian OpenStack events between now and the OpenStack Summit in Sydney in November next year".

These include the an "OpenStack Government Day to be held in Canberra in November this year", a second OpenStack Australia Day in Melbourne and a collaboration with GovHack in mid-2017.

Again hosted by Aptira, and supported by the OpenStack Foundation, these events "will be held in addition to the long running Australian OpenStack User Group which meets quarterly in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra".

Jonathan Bryce, executive director of the OpenStack Foundation, said: “We can't do this without awesome volunteers who help us put these [OpenStack events] on all over the world.

"So thank you to everybody that made OpenStack Day Australia possible."

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