January 23, 2014, 9:00 AM — It looks like GoDaddy is planning to use OpenStack internally.
The company has been advertising to hire an engineering director who will “lead GoDaddy’s internal infrastructure-as-a-service project by adopting and contributing to OpenStack,” according to an ad posted to LinkedIn and the OpenStack Foundation website.
The ad doesn’t offer much more detail and GoDaddy did not reply to a request for comment so it’s hard to know how extensively it plans to use OpenStack. But adopting OpenStack to run internal operations would be in line with recent comments made by the company's CIO, who told a publication called Business Cloud News just last week that the company is planning a big internal shift to the cloud and will use open source software to execute this vision.
If GoDaddy ends up using OpenStack widely across it's operations, it would be a big win for OpenStack. GoDaddy says it has 12 million customers, some of whom may only use GoDaddy as a domain registrar. A Data Center Knowledge article from 2012 said GoDaddy hosts 5 million web sites, has 35,000 servers, stores 23 petabytes of data and processes 350 million emails every day. GoDaddy calls itself the largest domain name registrar and Web hosting provider in the world.
The job ad is vague, saying that the engineer will be responsible for setting and driving technical direction for the “Cloud Serving engineering team.”
I didn’t find reference to a GoDaddy Cloud Serving team online. Back in 2011, the company had an offering called Cloud Server that it has since discontinued. That product was based on CloudStack and killed just over a year later. If GoDaddy is planning to use OpenStack to deliver a refreshed version of that service, the implementation would be much smaller in scope than one that might eventually replace all of the company's internal operations with an OpenStack cloud.
I’ve been on the lookout for some new big-name users of OpenStack. Early last year the OpenStack Foundation trotted out some big customers – PayPal, Bloomberg, Best Buy, and others – but since then, the new users I’ve heard of have been relatively small.
I’ll update this story if I hear any more details from GoDaddy.
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