Why PayPal Chose OpenStack

PayPal’s IT team has taken control of its technology release cycle by shifting key components of its IT infrastructure onto OpenStack. For PayPal, the decision to use components of OpenStack was based around speed to market. It allows the payments provider to untether its release cycle from those of vendor partners.

‘PayPal has not historically been known for its fast reactions,’ PayPal senior engineer Scott Carlson conceded to attendees at the VMworld conference in San Francisco this week. ‘It has taken us six to nine months sometimes to react to our competitors.’

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