Why Amazon and OpenStack Continue to Thrive in a Complex Cloud World

A decade ago, the cloud was not a computing term and Amazon was best known as an online retailer of consumer goods like books. Now the company is on track to generate $10 billion in annual revenue from its Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud business.

On the other side of the story is the OpenStack cloud platform that emerged in 2010 as an open-source community-built alternative to AWS. This past week, OpenStack released its 13th update, dubbed Mitaka, and boasts the support of some of the largest IT vendors on the planet.