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Director, OpenShift Strategy at Red Hat. Founder of Rishidot Research, a research community focused on services world. His focus is on Platform Services, Infrastructure and the role of Open Source in the services era. Krish has been writing @ CloudAve from its inception and had also been part of GigaOm Pro Analyst Group. The opinions expressed here are his own and are neither representative of his employer, Red Hat, nor CloudAve, nor its sponsors.

2 responses to “Rackspace Acquires Cloudkick Getting Ready For A Federated Clouds Future”

  1. kaiyzen

    Good writeup Krishnan, couple thoughts in response,

    In regards to them going big on the managed services front, that is a given. The majority of their business today is from managed dedicated servers and things such as hosted exchange. All they are doing is becoming more diversified in the software/services they offer…, they jumped right on MS’s premise based Azure announcement earlier in the year saying once people start buying it, they will start offering it.

    On the integration of cloudkick into openstack, there are two ways to look at it. One, cloudkick is really just a centralized multitenant web app, with clients that can run on any machine, so there is really nothing to do to support openstack. Two, cloudkick could become the default console for openstack, but seems like a grip of money to pay for something you are trying to cultivate for free with what they tout to be one of the largest, fastest growing open source projects/communities.

    The amount of traction openstack will get is still very questionionable. Its still a far ways off from being a product companies will just download, install, and use “out of box”. The part that I think is currently most interesting around the openstack adoption conversation is the storage piece, not compute. The majority of the orgs dont need Rackspace/NASA style compute infrastructure, and we have a world that is already littered with IaaS compute solution providers that fit the bill for most and have dedicated dev/sales forces.

    Other things to look out for, which most people dont mention all that often, is that the best thing Rack has done in past 12-18 months isnt openstack, or growth of their cloud service.., its gathering an INSANE wealth of talent around key open source projects. Buy “owning” and influencing the main contributors and directions of said projects, they have a rediculously nice organic pipeline building over next couple years as the IT and software space continues to rapidly evolve

  2. Fred van den Bosch


    I like your write-up and agree with much of it. I actually think that there are parallels to be drawn between the traditional IT world, in which we have OEM’s that ship hardware and independent vendors for systems software, software development platforms, and applications.

    It seems that IaaS providers operate at the same level as traditional OEM’s; the larger ones even source much of their hardware from the same factories as the OEM’s, while the smaller one may acquire it from low cost commodity HW vendors. Similar to traditional OEM’s, IaaS vendors will (need to) provide a rich set of “Infrastructure SaaS” capabilities with their basic cloud service, but just as there are independent software vendors in the traditional IT world- there will also be independent SaaS vendors offering entire cloud stacks or cloud-agnostic management tools for those who prefer not to lock themselves in.

    Which path Rackspace will choose is difficult to tell and I’d be surprised if they know themselves at this time.

    Fred van den Bosch
    CEO; Librato