“OpenStack, without question, is a blockbuster.”

Au Revoir, Paris! The Paris OpenStack Summit wrapped up today after a week of compelling user stories, community get togethers, and lots of valuable discussion and momentum around the future of OpenStack. We’ve collected the highlights from the week here. Enjoy!

OpenStack welcomes you to the software-defined economy

By: Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols

This summary of the opening keynote in Paris suggests that OpenStack is evolving in a way that will "be giving Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure a run for their money."

OpenStack ROI and the Myths of Open Source

By: Sean Michael Kerner

This article summarizes a panel at the OpenStack summit on the return on investment of OpenStack from execs at HP, Piston Cloud Computing, and SwiftStack.

A Maturing OpenStack Prepares To Take On New Challenges

By: Frederic Lardinois

OpenStack is maturing rapidly, but it’s also going to run into some growing pains, especially as they relate to on-boarding new organizations.

Telcos, travel, and Tapjoy as Openstack Summit continues

By: Jason Baker

Users including CERN, Expedia, and Tapjoy came together to share their successes with OpenStack on the final day of keynotes.

Why OpenStack needs to be more like instant oatmeal

By: Barb Darrow

At the analyst panel in Paris, the biggest critique of OpenStack was that it needs to be easier to deploy in order to gain widespread adoption.

"OpenStack isn’t just some open-source project from Linux-friendly companies like SUSE, Red Hat, and OpenStack co-creators NASA and RackSpace. It is as serious as a bullet enterprise cloud." -Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols in ZDNet

"The biggest myth is that OpenStack is not ready for enterprise deployments." -Jim Morrisroe, CEO of Piston Cloud Computing, quoted in ServerWatch

"In situations where it is a matter of choosing between [OpenStack and AWS], OpenStack wins on flexibility of the hardware deployed underneath." – Yevgeniy Sverdlik in Data Center Knowledge

"…in a sign that OpenStack has truly arrived, demand for qualified OpenStack engineers far outstrips supply." – Matt Asay in InfoWorld