Attack the Stack: 5 Tips for Successful Cloud Deployment

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Determine Your Company's Short- and Long-Term Goals

When it comes to deploying OpenStack solutions, it is important to ask what is your company’s long-term growth strategy? Will the distribution lock you into one vendor or will it offer freedom from such proprietary lock-in? SUSE found 92 percent of IT pros globally have concerns about vendor lock-in when it comes to choosing a private cloud infrastructure solution. Flexibility can be a key advantage when selecting open source solutions, something 63 percent of these IT pros expect. Adaptable solutions can easily cater to individual business needs.

Understanding both your immediate and long-term goals will help you make better decisions for your business.

Clearly there have been concerns within enterprises about how their cloud infrastructure should be integrated and managed. SUSE sponsored a study that found more than 81 percent of senior IT professionals are planning to move or are already moving to OpenStack private cloud. Those who have yet to move have expressed concerns about implementation, vendor lock-in constraints and a shortage of OpenStack talent in the market. So what can IT do to make their companies less reluctant to pursue the private cloud?

Pete Chadwick, senior product manager, Cloud Infrastructure, SUSE, shares some best practices on leading the way to a production-ready OpenStack cloud solution. 


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