Vendors dropping out of OpenStack a sign of good health

As vendors withdraw their support for open source infrastructure platform OpenStack, Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth has said this is a sign of a healthy, maturing project — but that the OpenStack community needs to have a frank conversation with itself about where it’s headed.

Speaking with Computerworld UK, Shuttleworth says he is “excited about the maturing of OpenStack.”

“Some people will say it’s going to get boring without all of the fighting, without all of the vendors showing up to have opinions,” he says. “Actually, I think this is what OpenStack needs — maturity.”

In 2016, HP and Cisco both significantly cut their OpenStack operations. Intel pulled the funding on its joint Innovation Centre, originally opened with Rackspace. And Mirantis also took the axe to its OpenStack engineer workforce, following an acquisition of TCP Cloud.

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