The role of consumers vs. contributors in OpenStack, Cinder 101 and cloud deployment, Ikea style.

Here’s the news from the OpenStack world you won’t want to miss — the musings, polemics and questions posed by the larger community.

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Give and take is a fundamental push-pull of any open-source project. This week, there’s in interesting debate about contributors versus consumers of OpenStack.

Kicking things off, Mark van Oppen of Blue Box says that both consumers and contributors are welcome in the OpenStack ecosystem.

"It’s a misconception that everyone who wants to use OpenStack wants to be a project contributor, because the learning curve associated with being able to use OpenStack is rarely counted in an ROI equation," he writes on the Blue Box blog. "In order to take OpenStack to the next level of adoption, we want to enable a broad spectrum of consumers by delivering private infrastructure-as-a-service."

Not everyone agrees.
"For an organisation to deliver value with OpenStack it needs to participate in the community, contribute what it wants, and help guide other effort away from pitfalls," writes Roland Chan on the [Aptira blog.](https://aptira.com/openstack-product-or-yeah-nah/?utm_campaign=OpenStack Now) "Each organisation gets the value from the effort expended by themselves + some fraction of the community’s effort, based on how aligned the organisation is with that effort."

What do you think? This is one of those debates that looks like it will have a long shelf life…

On the more hands-on side, Chris Evans, co-founder of [Langton Blue,](http://www.langtonblue.com ) offers up a meaty primer on OpenStack Cinder 101. He covers the fundamentals of Cinder, how it’s implemented, how to provision it, how it works with third-party storage arrays, and more…

For the 30,000-foot-view of the week, Wired has an interesting take on how containers are uniting tech giants.

"In the long run that’s better for everyone. Companies won’t stop trying to create their own innovative extensions to these standards that set them apart from the competition. But at least developers, and ultimately customers, won’t be left with fundamentally incompatible product. That’s progress."

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