Now that our team has returned from Austin and had a chance to think about everything we heard, saw, and experienced at the OpenStack Summit in Austin, we’ve pulled together our key takeaways from the conference. Before we share our thoughts, though, there’s some interesting information to be gleaned from the attendee metrics from the show.
According to the conference organizers, more than 7,800 people attended the OpenStack Summit as a participant, speaker, sponsor, industry analyst or member of the media. The attendees came from 61 countries across the world, and represented a wide range of roles, from cloud architect to CIO, CTO and CEO. But what is most interesting is that 54 percent of the people attending the OpenStack Summit were there for the first time. One might interpret that statistic in different ways, but we feel it is empirical evidence that more and more organizations are embracing OpenStack technologies in a significant way.