Attack the Stack: 5 Tips for Successful Cloud Deployment

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Make Use of the Flexible OpenStack Community

People turn to OpenStack for many reasons, but one of the main advantages is flexibility. To fully take advantage of this benefit, IT pros should examine OpenStack distributions that best fit their existing resources and environments.

Enterprises have increasingly deployed multiple hypervisors in their data centers to optimize workload performance and lower licensing costs, so it’s important to choose a distribution that offers support for mixed virtualization environments such as KVM, Xen, Hyper-V and vSphere. In doing so, you are allowing for a more efficient investment in technology and skills, helping to obtain the most value from an OpenStack deployment.

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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