Over the course of the last two years, OpenStack has expanded beyond NASA and Rackspace and has been embraced by many large tech vendors, including IBM, HP, Dell, AT&T, Cisco and Intel among others. As OpenStack participation has grown, new capabilities have been added, including most recently the Cinder block storage project and the Quantum networking project. Cinder and Quantum both debuted in the recent Folsom release.
For the next major release of OpenStack, codenamed Grizzly, Federated Authentication is likely to be the next key component that will come to the open source cloud platform.
“Everyone wants hybrid clouds,” Joshua McKenty, founder of Piston Cloud and OpenStack Board member told Datamation. “There are a couple of stumbling blocks on the road to hybrid clouds that OpenStack needs to address seriously, the biggest one being federated authentication.”