What services and capabilities are next, whether the container ecosystem is poppycock and more in our weekly update.

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If the average 5-year-old isn’t ready for school yet and can barely count up to 20, given its explosive growth what’s next for OpenStack? As the community around the world blew out candles to mark that half-decade milestone, pundits and contributors wondered what’s in store.

Here are our favorite crystal ball pieces of the week…

“Looking forward to the next one to two years, we will expand to add services and capabilities. You will see us add capabilities for data services, for instance. We will have more vertical-specific tests,” Jonathan Bryce, OpenStack Foundation executive director, told The Register in a story where he also predicts that as OpenStack continues to grow, it will need more translations and people willing to do "mundane testing."

All these changes are a good thing — says at least one vendor.

"Having Google and all the other IT vendors involved is a good thing for OpenStack and a good thing for Rackspace," says John Engates on the Rackspace blog. "Because cloud computing is becoming more and more hybrid. Companies are choosing multiple clouds, locations and technology platforms to host their applications. OpenStack gives companies choice in how and where they deploy their applications and it gives Rackspace the powerful software to run those workloads on."

As far as the news of the founding of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, Joseph Jacks of Kismatic, a founding member of the CNCF, provided this answer to the much-asked question of "Why now?"

"Kubernetes is still in its infancy having just reached v1.0. There are many years to go before the project grows into what its creators (Google) had in mind when open sourcing it a year ago. To that end, in order for Kubernetes to reach its full potential, it MUST be a community-owned/run/governed project and NOT a Google-owned project."

Our rant-of-the week is a two-parter by Paul Biggar, founder of CircleCI.

"It’s very easy to see why people might think the container ecosystem is bullshit, in exactly the way I satirized. After all, it’s not exactly clear at first glance what Docker is. It’s containerization, which is like virtualization, but not quite."

And looking ahead, if you’re in San Francisco, come hear Alan Clark, chairman of the board of the OpenStack Foundation, speak at the inauguration of StackingIT as part of DCD Internet July 30th and 31st. Free passes are available to first 150 people who send their details via email to info@datacenterdynamics.com quoting ‘OpenStack’ and providing their full name, job title, company name, address, phone and email.

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Check out the @Intel @cloudfoundry @OpenStack greenhouse demo at #OSCON #PDX!

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