Today, organizations are struggling with cost containment and meeting increasingly demanding business requirements and customer expectations - all while pushing to stay current with new technological trends and strategies.
At the center of this is the Cloud.
OpenStack is a free and open-source cloud-computing software platform. Users primarily deploy it as an infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS). A set of software tools designed for building and managing cloud platforms for public and private clouds, OpenStack is backed by many of the biggest software development innovators serving enterprise environments today - many of which maintain OpenStack is part of the future of cloud computing.
- OpenStack is managed by the OpenStack Foundation, a non-profit which oversees both development and community-building around the project.
- OpenStack allows users deploy virtual machines and other instances which handle different tasks for managing a cloud environment on the fly.
- OpenStack is Open Source software, which means that anyone who chooses to can access the source code, make any changes or modifications they need, and freely share these changes back out to the community at large.
The business case for leveraging Open Source solutions is compelling and gaining traction in the market. Further, OpenStack as an open source cloud platform that has become a compatibility standard for the private cloud market. OpenStack adoption is accelerating worldwide, driven by the need for low cost, scalable cloud infrastructure.
Currently, 451 Research estimates a market size of $3.3 billion by 2018. Additionally, industry reports estimate the OpenStack community is nearing 10,000 members in nearly 100 countries, with foundation support by more than 200 companies. Companies currently supporting OpenStack solutions are the largest cloud computing providers and open source companies, including SUSE, Red Hat, IBM, RackSpace, Dell, Cisco and many more.
Improved Agility, Lower Costs: OpenStack component and open source-based approach enables the agility needed to achieve a competitive advantage at a fraction of the cost of proprietary solutions.
Greater Automation: Different from a commitment to a particular hypervisor, OpenStack supports mixed hypervisor and bare metal server environments and allows users to choose from a number of competing solutions with the same underlying infrastructure.
OpenStack Enables Vendor-Neutral Cloud Optimization: Open source solutions are now widely accepted and adopted after 20 years in the enterprise, paving the way for OpenStack success. Additionally, IT departments that decide on OpenStack can choose from a number of competing solutions with the same underlying infrastructure. It provides the flexibility of choice ... minus marriage to any specific vendor.