Interview: Challenges of OpenStack

Rob Hirschfeld, Principal Cloud Architect at Dell describes the technical and market adoption facing the OpenStack board.

Is OpenStack an API? Or is OpenStack an implementation?” Today most people don’t realize that it’s really an implementation. If OpenStack is the API, then how do we provide a fitness test to make sure that someone’s implementation of OpenStack complies? We have a lot of these questions around Swift but also in the Nova, Cinder and Quantum pieces. If someone wants to replace the implementation of Swift, which is about how objects are actually stored: How do they know that they comply with the Swift API, so that they can be certified in OpenStack Swift? … even if they didn’t use the RSync implementation of Swift?

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