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[VIDEO] HP Cloud Chief Explains How OpenStack is a lot like Ethernet

Saar Gillai joined HP in May of 2010 as part of the $2.7 Billion acquisition of 3Com and most recently was the CTO for HP Networking. He know leads HP's cloud efforts.

"I spent a lot of my time looking at how we would provide network solutions for the cloud," Gillai said. "I also got involved with SDN and driving a lot of that at HP, and soon enough, I found myself doing mostly cloud."

OpenStack today enjoys the support of HP, IBM, Dell, Cisco, and Intel, among many other major IT vendors. Gillai commented that when Ethernet first came out, a number of better technologies already existed.

"The meta point is that when you have an ecosystem that enough people are behind, and the technology is adaptable, like OpenStack and Ethernet, people will turn it and turn it and make sure that it is the right answer," Gillai said.

He added that OpenStack is a plugin architecture, which make it flexible. If there is enough flexibility in the architecture, a technology can be adapted for whatever it might be missing.

Watch the video interview with Saar Gillai below:

Read the full story at Enterprise Networking Planet:
Why the Former HP Networking CTO Now Runs the Cloud

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.