October 17, 2012, 1:57 PM — SAN DIEGO - Organizers of the OpenStack Design Summit had a slight problem when the conference got underway in earnest this week. More than 1,000 people had registered for the event, but more than 1,400 actually showed up.
"Who are you?" asked a joking Jonathan Bryce, the executive director of the OpenStack Foundation. "Where did you all come from?"
OpenStack enthusiasts gathering in San Diego are happy to have the extra company. It reinforces, they say, momentum they've seen in recent weeks and months around the project, including new companies joining the project and the release of its sixth code release, Folsom.
These reports get back to a central question, both at the OpenStack Summit and in the broader cloud market: Where exactly is OpenStack now and where is it going? How will providers like HP, Red Hat, Cisco, IBM, Dell, Rackspace and others come together to work with the growing crop of startups - from Piston Cloud Computing, to Nebula, to CloudScaling - to shape this project into the future?
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Chris Kemp, a co-founder of OpenStack from his days as CTO of NASA, says the project has the potential to fundamentally change the cloud computing landscape.