OpenStack Summit 2013: Five Questions You Have to Ask

Some folks think today’s OpenStack is a lot like Linux from a decade ago — destined to emerge as a de facto standard for the next generation of computing. But in reality, OpenStack faces plenty of challenges. As Talkin’ Cloud looks ahead to the conference, I hope the OpenStack community addresses these five issues head-on:

1. Training: Rackspace (NYSE: RAX) recently hosted OpenStack training sessions at MIT. But I wonder if we can expect a more formalized, global training initiative to make sure public and private cloud architects master the platform.

2. Channel Partners: Mirantis, one of the most successful OpenStack systems integrators, recently raised $10 million from Dell, Intel and WestSummit. But overall, there’s a shortage of cloud consultants, integrators and VARs that know how to deploy OpenStack distributions. Can that shortage be addressed?