Exposing the Truth About OpenStack Cloud Deployments

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Significant OpenStack expertise is required to build a private cloud.

True: There are more than 15 projects in OpenStack, with many more on the horizon to add functionality and address a broader set of use cases. Integration of these disparate components can be a daunting task that requires a substantial amount of subject-matter expertise and human resources – either developed in-house or sourced externally – to successfully execute. "Deploying the community edition of OpenStack is non-trivial," notes Randy Bias, vice president of technology at EMC and an OpenStack Foundation Director. "Organizations who commit to that path are going to need anywhere from 10 to 30 people depending on skill level for a larger scale production cloud of say 10 to 20 racks."

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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