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During the OpenStack Summit, I got to lead and participate in some excellent presentations and panels. While my theme for this summit was interoperability, there are many other items discussed.
The OpenStack Board spent several hours (yes, hours) discussing interoperability related topics at the last board meeting. Fundamentally, the community benefits when uses can operate easily across multiple OpenStack deployments (their own and/or public clouds).
Cloud interoperability: the ability to transfer workloads between systems without changes to the deployment operations management infrastructure.
This is NOT hybrid (which I defined as a workload transparently operating in multiple systems); however it is a prereq to achieve scalable hybrid operation.
Interoperability matters because the OpenStack value proposition is all about creating a common platform. IT World does a good job laying out the problem (note, I work for Dell). To create sites that can interoperate, we have to some serious lifting: