The 2nd annual OpenStack Day Taiwan was held in Taipei International Convention Center, just a block away from Taiwan’s tallest building Taipei 101, and it’s definitely the most anticipated annual IT event in Taiwan this year and has received the highest level of attention from a wide range of industries with over 1,700 people registered, 32 local and international speakers, and 20 event sponsors.
The event was opened by OpenStack Foundation COO Mark Collier and community manager Tom Fifield with a giant cake to celebrate the 5th OpenStack birthday. Our CTO Kavit Munshi (a.k.a Taiwanese tea lover) was invited to give talks at event and interviewed by local media to share his comprehensive community experience and deep insights into OpenStack technology. He was amazed by the active participation by local community and exponential growth in OpenStack interest in Taiwan.
Aptira has engaged in nourishing open community and promoting OpenStack technology in Taiwan since 2014. It seems not long ago the very first OpenStack meetup took place in 2014 April and had around 100 attendees. This August, we are happy to say we have successfully reached the goal of community development at the national level with collaborative efforts from local community. Based on our initial statistics result, OpenStack has diverse uses in Taiwan and its users range from the telecoms space to IT to electronics and semiconductor giants. There are at least 200 companies in Taiwan have started PoC projects or building dedicated teams to introduce OpenStack technologies to help reduce costs for IT infrastructure deployment and increase the efficiency and productivity of physical resources. The following is the list of some user range shown in our statistics data:
- Video game industry
- Global IT companies
- Advertising technology companies
- Mobile technology firms
- Semiconductor companies
- Electronic commerce companies
- Research laboratory
- Internet-based retailer
- Electronics manufacturer
- Travel agency
In our long term observation, Taiwan firms overall have been relatively conservative in their uptake of open-source products due to some concerns about lacking of enterprise solution to support their needs. However some most-profitable companies in Taiwan such as Foxconn and Mediatek have been convinced to come aboard to expedite their innovation with OpenStack technology.
The Taiwan market is ready for a change. It’s time for vendors to showcase the clear proof points to their customers to gain confidence to deploy OpenStack in real production settings.