13. OpenStack: Hot Or Not?
In 2014, a wave of startup companies focused on delivering products and services based on the OpenStack Infrastructure-as-a-Service standards. They attracted a lot of attention -- and financing -- but by mid-2015, many were gone.
The consolidation actually began in late 2014 with Cisco's acquisition of Metacloud in September and EMC's buyout of Cloudscaling in October. The trend continued this year with Cisco's June 3 deal to buy Piston Cloud and IBM's deal the same day to acquire Blue Box.
But it was the sudden shuttering in April of Nebula, perhaps the hottest company in the OpenStack arena, that really jolted the industry. Nebula's demise sparked an immediate debate: Is OpenStack a viable technology for the cloud computing industry?
OpenStack lives, however. Mirantis, which calls itself the "pure play" OpenStack company, raised $100 million in venture funding in August. Hewlett-Packard released its HP OpenStack 2.0 in October. And startups like Platform9, SwiftStack and PLUMgrid are developing products for OpenStack environments.