OpenStack is a free and open-source software platform for cloud-computing, mostly deployed as an infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS).[3] The software platform consists of interrelated components that control hardware pools of processing, storage, and networking resources throughout a data center. Users either manage it through a web-based dashboard, through command-line tools, or through a RESTful API. released it under the terms of the Apache License.

A brief history of OpenStack

  • 2010 Started inside NASA as the Nebula Project
  • 2011 SUSE announced public preview of the industry’s first fully configured OpenStack powered appliance
  • 2012: Red Hat announced a preview of their OpenStack distribution
  • 2013: Oracle announced it had joined OpenStack as a sponsor | Oracle announced Oracle OpenStack distributions
  • 2014: HP announced HP Helion and released a preview of HP Helion OpenStack Community

Shamail Tahir, Offering Manager, OpenStack Initiatives at IBM and Jesse Proudman, ‎Distinguished Engineer and Chief Technology Officer at Blue Box, an IBM company, discuss the history and the origins of OpenStack

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