I’ve been following OpenStack’s maturity pretty closely over the past year. Since the late 1990’s, I’ve taken note that as goes Red Hat, so goes the herd when it comes to enterprise Linux solutions. Of course, in many cases, that may very well be “I like what you’ve got going, watch me do it better.” That is also is not to minimize the impressive impact of Canonical, HP, IBM, Mirantis and Rackspace. This is merely an observation that when Red Hat throws their support and weight at a project, things tend to change.
As a relative late-comer to the OpenStack Foundation (platinum member since 2012), Red Hat is contributing $500K per year and a sizable chunk in terms of software engineering labor. One must assume that it intends to monetize these efforts with a Red Hat OpenStack offering some day soon. If so, what does that mean for RHEL pet projects oVirt and Aeolus? And RHEV? Who knows. Their continued sponsorship of those projects raises my eyebrow a bit, that they might just be slightly over-hedged and confused.
Meanwhile, Canonical seems to be quietly dominating this developing space with Ubuntu Server. It will be interesting to watch as Canonical and Red Hat cloud platform offerings mature. I’ll be looking for the OpenStack. May the most clever hat or non-hat win.