"The jury is still very much out, there is no way this race is over yet," he says. Puppet builds open source infrastructure management software and has worked with customers that have deployed both OpenStack and CloudStack, as well as other open source and proprietary cloud offerings, such as Eucalyptus, AWS, and even on the platform side, CloudFoundry.
As for Strimling's point that CloudStack has more mature feature sets, Kanies says that's only to be expected. CloudStack is modeled off of Cloud.com, which Citrix purchased and then turned into an open source project, and there were already production deployments of the system in the market. OpenStack was basically starting from scratch about two years ago. "Most people when they think of cloud, on the public side they think Amazon and on the private side they think VMware," he says. "We're still very early in the open source progression."
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