Exposing the Truth About OpenStack Cloud Deployments

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Too Complex

The operational complexity of OpenStack is too high.

True: The initial deployment of OpenStack can be difficult but maintaining and upgrading the environment is often a greater challenge. The administrator must keep up with a regular cadence of new distributions, each with a bevy of new features to test, and incorporate them -- with the least amount of disruption possible -- into a dynamic platform supporting live services. In addition, with over 500 configuration options for OpenStack, and numerous customizations (e.g., Neutron plug-ins for networking, adding HA to Cinder volume instances, etc.) to make the environment production-worthy, operating an OpenStack-based private cloud can be tough to manage both technically and logistically.

Lured by the siren song of better business agility and accelerated innovation, an increasing number of companies are considering or have already deployed private clouds as part of their IT strategy. Since emerging in 2010 as an open-source initiative to help organizations build cloud services on industry-standard hardware, OpenStack has garnered much attention, but its adoption in production environments has been tempered by an assortment of perceived limitations, both real and imagined.

In this slideshow, ZeroStack has identified some of the most common preconceptions about OpenStack and explores whether they have a foundation of factual merit or can be debunked.

 

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