OpenStack is many things, but a runaway success it is not. Despite a community that measures in the thousands, Gartner still counts OpenStack deployments in the hundreds — on a good day.
This could change. OpenStack might, as Randy Bias urged the OpenStack faithful in his annual State of the Stack address, start streamlining development because “OpenStack is at risk of collapsing under its own weight.”
But if you’re a hyperfocused company like Red Hat, sinking even more resources in OpenStack development might not be the smart bet.