OpenStack, the open source cloud platform, is beginning to attract an ecosystem of IT consultants, integrators and deployment specialists who can help customers with public cloud and private cloud projects. Key examples include ApriorIT, Cloud9ers, Grid Dynamics, Hastexo Professional Services, Mirantis and Piston Cloud Computing.

Why are those companies important? Talkin' Cloud senses a bit of a market void:

  • Cloud services providers (CSPs) and vendors like IBM, HP and Dell sit on one side of the OpenStack table.

  • Potential customers and intrigued CIOs sit on the other side of the table.

  • But in many cases,  there's nobody at the table who can actually help the customers deploy OpenStack-related services in public or private clouds.