Australia has caught up with US in Cloud, particularly OpenStack: SUSE

Open source software vendor has seen local discussions about Cloud mature

Australia may have traditionally lagged behind the US when it comes to the Cloud, but the discussions around the technology are now similar in both regions.

SUSE industry initiatives, emerging standards and open source director, Alan Clark, made the observation during the Brainshare Technology Forum in Sydney.

The discussions in both regions centre about vendor lock-in and learning more about OpenStack, the open source Cloud computing platform, such as what it consists of and who is involved.

“It is an exciting time in the IT industry, where Cloud is the big game changer and businesses are transforming,” Clark said.

When speaking with customers on both sides of the ocean, Clark would no longer classify Australia as being behind the US in Cloud implementation.

Backing up his claim is a resent survey from the OpenStack community that found that a growing number of people are deploying private Clouds and not just public ones.

“We hear about the public Cloud all the time and the market for that, but there is growing number of people deploying private and hybrid Clouds,” Clark said.

For Clark, this recognises the different needs that a public Cloud addresses versus a private one.

“People are understanding those differences and are beginning to apply business needs to different Cloud environments,” he said.

More members

One thing that Clark is looking forward to this year is the continued growth of the OpenStack community.

The organisation has already accepted 47 new members and sponsors in Q1 alone, brining the total to 190 participants.

“Those companies bring in expertise and it enables us to grow in particular areas,” Clark said.

“A lot of the networking vendors joined recently, and that is bringing a lot of expertise in that area.”

Over the next 6 to 12 months, Clark expects to see the same growth occur in other areas of the community.

“It is exciting to see what that is going to do, as these new members come in with different needs and things they want to see happen with OpenStack,” he said.

Patrick Budmar covers consumer and enterprise technology breaking news for IDG Communications. Follow Patrick on Twitter at @patrick_budmar.

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