Short Stack: The Importance of Dev and Test, Breaking Down Barcelona, and Public vs. Private Cloud Costs

Have a look at the latest OpenStack news, including the biggest expectations of the Barcelona Summit, community survey results, and a comparison of cloud costs.

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Welcome to the Short Stack, our regular feature where we search for the most intriguing OpenStack news. These links may come from traditional publications or company blogs, but if it’s about OpenStack, we’ll find the best ones.

Here are our latest links:

With OpenStack Users, Dev and Test are King | InfoWorld

Serdar Yegulalp examined the results of the most recent OpenStack User Survey. The chief takeaway Yegulalp disclosed is that data showed most OpenStack deployments are for on-premise private clouds where teams use the open source software for development and testing. The User Survey also showed the rising number of deployments that are in full production and that OpenStack’s net promoter score increased since last year.

Breaking Down the Barcelona Summit for OpenStack Operators | OpenStack Superuser

With the Barcelona Summit less than a week away, OpenStack Community Manager Tom Fifield broke down the Ops events to expect for Summit week. The upcoming Summit will be the last to incorporate the developers, but the Ops community can expect a large turnout at the Ops Summit, Cross Project Workshops, and numerous working group/developer feedback sessions.

One CTO’s Mission to Boost Needed OpenStack Skills in Future IT Talent | The Enterprisers Project

Tesora’s CTO Amrith Kumar discussed his personal involvement in mentoring college students so that they develop the OpenStack skills needed for the workplace. Kumar recently collaborated on a presentation to local students at Boston University and is now working towards bringing more OpenStack to the classroom in the upcoming academic year. He disclosed that he believes securing a good first job is difficult for recent college graduates, and hopes arming them with as many skills as possible will help ease the problem as they move forward in their careers.

Which is Cheaper: Public or Private Clouds? | Network World

Brandon Butler weighed in on the ongoing debate over the cost of public and private clouds. A new report from 451 Research stated that two of the most important cost drivers are an organization’s management of infrastructure and utilization of hardware resources. In general, larger companies have more resources and a total cost of ownership (TCO) advantage over smaller companies, where public cloud solutions may make more sense.

Tips for Contributing to a Complex and Large Project like OpenStack |

Emily Wilson, QA Engineer at Tesora, talked about her first year in the OpenStack community. Making the shift to OpenStack Engineer fairly recently, Wilson embraced several resources the community had available to her. She disclosed that spending time on IRC, taking advantage of the ‘Getting Started’ wiki page, and receiving mentorship from others on her team were key to her success. She will present her talk titled “My First Year in the Community” next week at the OpenStack Summit in Barcelona.

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