Kemp himself now leads Nebula, a startup that plans to offer an OpenStack appliance for coordinating lots of individual generic servers as a unified cloud service. Nebula is also developing a new dashboard for the stack that can also be easily incorporated into the core code base.
Another contributor to OpenStack is Dell, which offers an OpenStack-based hardware set. Dell developed and released an OpenStack installer, called Crowbar, after its engineers found that the installation process was a difficult one, said John Igor, Dell's executive director for the cloud and big data, during another talk.
Other gaps with OpenStack still need to be addressed as well, perhaps with additional modules. Tim Bell, IT manager for the CERN European Organization for Nuclear Research, noted a few in a talk explaining how CERN is testing OpenStack to better handle its immense workloads.
Bell noted that OpenStack's Nova needs a way of scheduling work nearest to the data needed for that work. Otherwise, any benefits gained by cloud computing would be lost by the additional network bandwidth required to move the data back and forth.
Other refinements are needed as well, he added. Administrators need a way of choosing which types of jobs should be scheduled first, should there be a backlog of jobs. More controls for billing, availability, and performance monitoring are needed as well.