OpenStack, the open source project designed to provide a collaborative approach to cloud computing, launched just three years ago. No doubt the project is already on pace to owning a large share of enterprise usage with high-volume, big-name participation. With this kind of momentum, OpenStack is not only being labeled as “the next Linux,” it is gaining adoption at a rate that will hit the same critical mass in five years that took Linux 15 years. High participation is an exciting thing, for sure, but is this influx of participants on the OpenStack bandwagon a true measure of enterprise dominance? Does an increase in hype mean an increase in enterprise adoption? While many technology pundits have their doubts, Pete Chadwick, senior product manager for cloud infrastructure at SUSE, shares practical, real-world arguments for why OpenStack will rule the enterprise.
Click through for 10 reasons why OpenStack will rule the enterprise, as identified by SUSE.
The OpenStack community is nearing 10,000 members in nearly 100 countries, with foundation support by more than 200 companies.
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Companies currently supporting OpenStack solutions are the largest cloud computing providers and open source companies, including SUSE, Red Hat, IBM, RackSpace, Dell, Cisco, etc.
OpenStack is the only solution that allows for mixed hypervisor IT environments, which will become increasingly fragmented over time.
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Open source solutions are now widely accepted and adopted after 20 years in the enterprise, paving the way for OpenStack success.
OpenStack will accomplish in five years what Linux accomplished in 15, due to the confluence of open source acceptance, supported offerings, and demand for cost-effective private cloud solutions.
By establishing the OpenStack Foundation, OpenStack has put in place a solid governance model to transparently preserve the overall goals of the open cloud movement.
OpenStack offers the technical capabilities of proprietary alternatives at a fraction of the cost.
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The wide range of vendors joining the OpenStack community is driving the pace of innovation much faster, as vendors contribute to the overall success of the project, while tailoring solutions for their customers.
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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 without getting locked into a particular vendor.
How can a three-year-old technology have longevity? When it’s been on the cutting edge of cloud computing since day one. The fast-paced nature of open projects lends itself to long-term success. This success will exponentially grow with enterprise adoption.
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