Forrester Research’s newly issued report, “The State of Cloud Platform Standard, Q4 2016,” regards OpenStack and AWS as the de facto standards for compute and storage in the cloud.
That by itself isn’t news. OpenStack has been regarded as a standard by Forrester since 2014, and AWS has been the top measure since it was considered clever to pair up talk about cloud computing with clipart of the sky.
But Forrester is watching how standards-setting bodies are using the existing base of open source projects as a starting point for real standards. The analyst firm also notes that OpenStack and AWS are far from the last words on their respective subjects.