A big takeaway from my OpenStack experience is that world will no longer settle for the old, slow, labor-intensive way of maintaining infrastructure. Although the enthusiasm surrounding OpenStack right now is contagious, it's too early to tell whether it will be the lodestone around which this new hyper-automated world of private and public clouds coalesces. But that world is coming, and like it or not, many fewer admins will be required to keep it running.
Today, OpenStack is at the epicenter of this seminal shift. If it's successful, as with Linux, a vast ecosystem will grow up around it. It took more than a decade for Linux to evolve from a mere toy to solid server operating system and years longer to yield profitable businesses. Less than two years after its inception, OpenStack is way ahead of the curve.
InfoWorld editor-in-chief Eric Knorr contributed to this article.
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