OpenStack: An example of why we are so passionate about early stage technology

I originally published this post on Storm’s blog but thought it ought to be here was well.


I recently had the opportunity to speak at the OpenStack Summit in San Diego. It was a great conference and all the content is online for all to enjoy which is truly an opensource gift for those who couldn’t make it in person.

While its still early for OpenStack, I know its going to be a major disruptive force. OpenStack gives the opportunity for enterprise companies (or service providers) to offer similar basic capabilities as service offerings such as AWS to internal groups (or external customers) on their own private cloud. I am excited about the possibilities and so much so that I put together an entire presentation around the opportunity for startups and venture investors. My presentation with video captures most of our current thinking.

If you prefer just the slide deck


The high level summary is that OpenStack has started what will be a complete rebuild of the enterprise data center. It will take time and it won’t be a straight path but this shift represents one of the most fundamental changes to enterprise infrastructure in my 12 years as an IT investor. Many existing companies will adapt and thrive – many more will fail – but the massive disruption in the enterprise IT market will create enormous opportunities for startups in the years ahead.

Let me know what you think.

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