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Exposing the Truth About OpenStack Cloud Deployments

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    Not Secure

    OpenStack (and open source software in general) is not secure.

    False: For many, the term "open source" often triggers doubts about the trustworthiness of the code. According to Bob Violino of CIO.com, these concerns are unfounded. "Open-source cloud computing products are designed from the outset with security in mind. For example, there are features such as identity management to monitor who has access to content, and data encryption to safeguard information while it's at rest or in transit," he declares. "Furthermore, open-source cloud software is peer-reviewed by community participants, leading to continuous improvements in the quality of security features and mechanisms. This community also monitors and rapidly discloses vulnerabilities and issues, and provides security updates to address them."

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Exposing the Truth About OpenStack Cloud Deployments

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    Not Secure

    OpenStack (and open source software in general) is not secure.

    False: For many, the term "open source" often triggers doubts about the trustworthiness of the code. According to Bob Violino of CIO.com, these concerns are unfounded. "Open-source cloud computing products are designed from the outset with security in mind. For example, there are features such as identity management to monitor who has access to content, and data encryption to safeguard information while it's at rest or in transit," he declares. "Furthermore, open-source cloud software is peer-reviewed by community participants, leading to continuous improvements in the quality of security features and mechanisms. This community also monitors and rapidly discloses vulnerabilities and issues, and provides security updates to address them."

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.