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OpenStack Returns to Austin for its Summit Next Week

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Six years after the first OpenStack® Summit, the biannual conclave returns to the city where it all started: Austin, Texas.

A lot has changed for both the host city and OpenStack in the intervening years. Consider these figures:

  • A full 65 percent of OpenStack deployments are now in production, according to the most recent survey of OpenStack users. That’s a 33 percent increase over a year ago.
  • Last year, Austin saw $734 million of venture capital flow to 78 companies. That’s about double the VC the Austin region saw in the year of the first OpenStack Summit, a time when the economy was still recovering from the financial crisis of 2008.

“It’s great to be returning to Austin at a time when both the city and OpenStack are flourishing,” said Mark Interrante, SVP of Engineering for HPE Helion and one of the technologists present when OpenStack started.

Rob Hirschfeld, the founder of RackN, is pleased the Summit is returning to his adopted town. Hirschfeld has been chronicling the evolution of Austin’s tech scene since he arrived in the early 2000s, seeking venture capital for his first startup.

That first company became part of the Austin Technology Incubator (ATI) an early dynamo of the Austin technology scene founded in 1989 at the University of Texas, Austin.

Hirschfeld’s current company, which makes DevOps software for hybrid infrastructures, is part of TechRanch. Like the ATI, TechRanch and TechStars are nurturing an ecosystem that supports entrepreneurs. As the numbers from the National Venture Capital Association and Hirschfield’s anecdotal observations confirm, Austin presents a healthy environment for startups and venture capital.

“There are a lot more paths for raising money than there were in 1999. Having a community that understands startups is important,” Hirschfeld said.

While the center of gravity for technology startups remains in Silicon Valley, Hirschfeld said there are some advantages to being 1,500 miles away in Central Texas . “The culture here is not only tech. There’s art, music, food,” Hirschfeld said. “Not every conversation is about startups and funding. Austin offers a lot more balance.”

Speaking of balance, be sure to check back in with Grounded in the Cloud on Wednesday, when we’ll publish former Austinite Stephen Spector’s guide to some of the city’s non-tech attractions. Think BBQ and beer.

 

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Stephen_Spector

I manage the HPE Helion social media and website teams promoting the enterprise cloud solutions at HPE for hybrid, public, and private clouds. I was previously at Dell promoting their Cloud solutions and was the open source community manager for OpenStack and Xen.org at Rackspace and Citrix Systems. While at Citrix Systems, I founded the Citrix Developer Network, developed global alliance and licensing programs, and even once added audio to the DOS ICA client with assembler. Follow me at @SpectorID

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