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July 24, 2015

Intel paints a target on OpenStack flaws

Working with Rackspace, Intel hopes to address the skills gap issue.

By James Nunns

The complex nature of OpenStack deployments has led to Intel working with Rackspace to simplify it.

The two companies will form the OpenStack Innovation Centre, which hopes to accelerate the development of enterprise capabilities and bolster developer numbers contributing to upstream OpenStack code.

Engineers from Intel and Rackspace will work together in what is part of a broader approach from Intel called the Cloud for All initiative.

Intel is hiring hundreds of additional engineers that will be put to work on open-source cloud software. The company aims to set up two compute clusters which companies will be able to test and validate applications.

Jason Waxman, GM, Cloud Platforms Group, Intel, said that the goal was not to create, "yet another OpenStack distribution."

The company clearly has high hopes of the scale at which it can improve OpenStack, Waxman, said: "Today at best, the most successful OpenStack deployments scale to a few hundred nodes. Our goal is to enable enterprise class features at scale for thousands of nodes."

As well as setting their sights high on what they can achieve, the company is critical of the pace at which enterprise adoption is happening.

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Diane Bryant, SVP & GM, Data Center Group, Intel, said: "The cloud has been critical to the digital services economy and has enabled tremendous innovation and business growth, but broad enterprise adoption is not happening fast enough."

While OpenStack has seen increasing market adoption, problems have remained with time of deployment and the business skills gap. If the long deployment and lack of skills could be solved then this potentially means more business in OpenStack deployments for the likes of Rackspace and Intel.

CBR spoke to Boris Renski, Mirantis co-founder regarding the skills gap: "There is an enormous demand for OpenStack skills and there are not enough skills out there in the market."

Intel and Rackspace are not the only companies working to make adoption easier, with companies like Mirantis which runs 10 classes a week for 1,000 students to train and certify. It is clearly a large group effort.

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