OpenStack then and now

Six years ago in July 2010 OpenStack held its first ever Summit; a group of 75 people, many from Rackspace and NASA, gathered in Austin, Texas to help launch the open source project.

This week 7,500 attendees descended on the 14th semi-annual OpenStack Summit, which returned to its hometown since that inaugural event. Things are very different now than they were then.

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Austin was my second OpenStack Summit. In October 2012 I attended the San Diego Summit, the sixth meeting of the open source community. The biggest takeaway that I have after attending the conferences four years apart is that OpenStack Summit is now a real tech conference. Four years ago the Summit felt like a meeting of developers. There were some big-name sponsors there: Hewlett Packard Enterprise gave the keynote address, while Cisco and Rackspace had big presences. But it felt like a grassroots event.