Why the Open Source Stars Must Align

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Faster Innovation

The speed of deployment created by Docker opens up OpenStack to entirely new possibilities, just as the automation and scale of OpenStack does for Docker. But much of the integration has been more reactive than proactive – meaning that logical improvements are being made to each release cycle, but developers have just started to tap into the new possibilities these two projects could create. This potential is demonstrated through the NFV and SDN features included in the upcoming Juno release and upcoming Kilo release.

Open source projects like OpenStack, Docker, OPNFV and OpenDaylight are more supported and better funded than ever before. They mark a broader trend of large, active and well-resourced open source projects that are among the leaders in Big Data, cloud computing, operating systems and development practices. Open source has come a long way in 30 years – and its success marks a new era for the overall OSS community.

But success does not come without potential pitfalls. One of the greatest obstacles to project success isn’t the proprietary competition – it’s the lack of communication between large open source projects like OpenStack and Docker.

With help from SUSE’s Alan Clark, board chairman for the OpenStack Foundation, here is how these open source successes must integrate more effectively, in order to succeed together.

Alan Clark, director of Industry Initiatives, Emerging Standards and Open Source at SUSE and board chairman for the OpenStack Foundation

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