Keeping OpenStack from getting lost in translation, how Docker plus OpenStack equals cloud powerhouse and why it’s 1996 all over again…

Guess what’s "rough around the edges, not sure why it exists but ripe for innovation and productization?" Linux, circa 1996, and OpenStack, today — according to Chris Kemp, former NASA CIO and considered one of the founding fathers of OpenStack. Kemp, speaking to the Register at CeBIT Australia, also remarked that "Openstack is not a product, it is a collection of projects designed to be productised,” he said. The companies making that effort today, he said, are focusing on large-scale opportunities."

In other explosive news: "The combination of Docker and OpenStack is the equivalent of a cloud powerhouse," writes Paul Czarkowski on the Blue Box blog."Maturing rapidly and battle hardened, OpenStack is the perfect platform from which to run legacy and agile apps, whether you’re running them on bare metal, traditional VMs or Linux containers." Czarkowski will be talking about the nuts and bolts of running this powerhouse at the Vancouver Summit.

"The most challenging thing is time and translations being a constantly moving target during the release cycle, which gives everyone a small amount of time to finish our jobs," says Łukasz Jernaś, a software engineer at Allegro Group who also works on OpenStack’s translation efforts. He’ll be elaborating on how the team works it all out at the Vancouver Summit.

OpenStack individual director Rob Hirschfeld offers some good food for thought in the eternal cost vs. complexity debate: "Unfortunately, it’s hard for people building platforms to perceive the complexity experienced by people outside their community. We need to make sure that stability and operability are top line features because complexity adds a very real cost because it comes directly back to cost of operation," he writes on his blog. You can catch Hirschfeld at the Vancouver Summit for all things DefCore, OpenStack’s interoperability push.

And if you were wondering where all those Nebula engineers ended up when the start up evaporated April 1: the 40-person team headed over to Oracle.

Last but not least — if you’re heading to the Vancouver Summit and want to pack some training into your schedule, here you go: OpenStack training and certifications.

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