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:
In some ways, the chemistry of the board is as important as our actions at this point. We are still working thorough start up issues and, more importantly, learning how to work together. The board is not only big, 24 members, it is also has many companies that often compete (power of we).
Here are my top 5 impressions:
Transparency. The bylaws are crafted to ensure a openness and our meetings are broadcast to the maximum extent possible. Even with that background, there is a consistent self-check and discussion about increasing transparency so that the community is included.
Humor. It’s a great sign of progress that we are laughing together because it shows that we trust and respect each other.
Frustration. Recognition that we have important decisions to make and a degree of impatience to make them. Boards are subtle: we spend a lot of time setting up the right structures that allow us to make hard decisions quickly. Also, grumbling that we’d overlapped the board meeting and the summit.
Consensus. This something I committed to help build. I feel that our actions reflect both healthy discussion as individuals and desire to work together as a board.
Leadership. Looking back from our first meeting, it is clear that Jonathan and Alan have fully assumed their roles. I’m also seeing how the Foundation team (Mark, Lauren, Stephano) are smoothly supporting operations even though we’re really just weeks from the Foundation launch.
I hope that gives you some insights into the board meeting and that more of you can join the broadcast for the next ones (2012 schedule TBD) including a joint tech and foundation meeting
If you are coming to the OpenStack summit in San Diego next week then please find me at the show! I want to hear from you about the Foundation, community, OpenStack deployments, Crowbar and anything else. Oh, and I just ordered a handful of Crowbar stickers if you wanted some CB bling.