OpenStack Havana goes live, but here’s what’s important: new users!

Gigaom

The OpenStack Havana release is available as of Thursday — but the delivery of semi-annual code updates is table stakes. What will be more telling is how many actual user companies — as opposed to OpenStack-affiliated vendors — show up at the big OpenStack Summit next month in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong skylineAnd that metric looks promising. “Shutterstock and Concur(s cnqr) and Workday(s wday) will all speak about their usage, [as will] Ctrip, China’s largest travel service,” said Jonathan Bryce, director of the OpenStack Foundation. MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Lab (CSAIL) will also talk about its OpenStack deployment.

At least some of those user names will raise eyebrows. A few months ago, an HP exec announced that Workday was moving from AWS to HP’s OpenStack-based cloud but was immediately shouted down by AWS. And Workday chairman Aneel Bhusri subsequently told GigaOM Structure attendees that Workday is a “happy customer” of both AWS…

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