There’s been some handwringing since late January when the open source cloud platform OpenStack suggested cutting “dead wood” from the pending next release — and that includes Microsoft’s Hyper-V.
Sure vendors have shown excitement over the future of OpenStack and Hyper-V, but having Microsoft’s virtualization hypervisor in OpenStack doesn’t seem to matter to enterprise IT today, according to one cloud analyst.
“It’s a completely minor deal … the hypervisor support isn’t a big deal, functionally. Most users for the foreseeable future are [going to] stick with OVF [Open Virtualization Format] or similar,” he added.
Additionally, users can still run Windows as a guest operating system with OpenStack, said Chad Keck, senior director of sales at cloud-based hosting provider AppFog, who worked on OpenStack. “I don’t know anyone who is using OpenStack that is also leveraging Hyper-V,” Keck added.
That didn’t stop the discussion from getting a little shrill.
In a post to the OpenStack team mailing list, release manager Thierry Carrez described the project’s Hyper-V support as “known broken and unmaintained.”
“It sounds like a good moment to consider removing deprecated, known-buggy-and-unmaintained or useless feature code from the Essex tree,” Carrez’s post continued.
Microsoft said, however, it’s not giving up on support for the project and stressed its commitment to resolve current issues with Hyper-V and OpenStack.
Even if Microsoft drops the ball, there is little reason to worry, Brooks noted.
“By the time OpenStack is ready for prime time, it’ll probably support Hyper-V again,” he added. “If not, it will happen in a twinkling of an eye as soon as someone finds a good reason.”
Beth Pariseau also contributed to this article.