Gary Chen, an analyst with IDC who has been tracking OpenStack agrees. "OpenStack is still in the watching, and maybe a little bit of (proof of concept) stage for most enterprises," he says. Mainly do-it-yourself service providers have latched onto the project, but he says it's likely still at least a year or two away from being a significant play in the enterprise market. More offerings that are fully supported need to be rolled out, he says, and perhaps even more broadly, enterprises need to have a case for using cloud in general, which has been a slow uptake in the enterprise market.
"It's just a matter of time," Chen says. "With all the products and vendors involved in the project, it's hard to see how OpenStack will not be a success in some form. It's just a question of what form that will be."
Network World senior writer Brandon Butler covers cloud computing and social collaboration. He can be reached at BButler@nww.com and found on Twitter at @BButlerNWW.