As our industry speeds towards a multicloud future, I feel like I have a somewhat unique perspective having spent a good part of my career on the user side architecting, building, and operating large-scale cloud infrastructure at Google. It’s one thing to deliver products that help solve problems, but it’s another thing to be the one responsible for actually solving the problems.
Performing live upgrades, with live network traffic, in front of thousands of industry peers, is extremely risky—it’s the networking version of working without a net. But AT&T pulled it off at the OpenStack Summit in Sydney earlier this month.
It’s an exciting day as we announce the commencement of our strategic global partnership with Lenovo. The market opportunity for networking is growing and estimated to continue on this upward trajectory, particularly in countries such as China. With this Lenovo partnership, we expect to leverage synergies in our respective product and technology portfolios to build the next generation of converged, hyper-converged, and hyper-scaled data center infrastructure solutions for enterprise and web-scale customers.
Traditionally, sophisticated programs had always been “built like cathedrals, carefully crafted by individual wizards or small bands of mages working in splendid isolation.” An open source project, in contrast, was the product of a large and informal community of volunteers who in aggregate “seemed to resemble a great babbling bazaar of differing agendas and approaches. What was amazing was that the open source projects such as Linux not only didn’t fly apart in confusion but seemed to go from strength to strength at a speed barely imaginable to cathedral-builders.