With Havana Release, OpenStack Adds Enterprise Features

OpenStack and Enterprise Cloud Ambitions

A survey from Red Hat shows this demand. So how has OpenStack enterprise adoption been in general? A well-timed survey from Red Hat through IDG connect reveals some very positive trends, finding that many enterprise IT decision makers see OpenStack as part of their organization’s future. The survey indicated 84 percent of 200 U.S. IT decision makers see OpenStack as integral. 14 percent were unsure if they’ll use OpenStack, while 2 percent said no plans to use OpenStack in private cloud.

The survey also found that roughly half of organizations (51 percent) are either on their second or third implementation of private cloud. While the adoption of private cloud appears to be healthy, the survey revealed that it is not without challenge. Top challenges listed were:

  • Resource management (21 percent)
  • Simplifying IT management (18 percent)
  • Application management (18 percent)
  • Application migration (18 percent)

With these challenges to private cloud, the survey indicates that enterprises are moving, or have plans to move to OpenStack for private cloud initiatives, with 60 percent in the early stages. What is driving the overwhelming choice of OpenStack? The survey identified both the benefits and challenges unique to OpenStack.

In terms of benefits, management visibility, deployment speed and platform flexibility where at the top of advantages. The biggest challenges were IT staff skill gaps (32 percent), budget limitations (23 percent) and questions about OpenStack project maturity (11 percent). This is somewhat positive, as questions about maturity have riddled the headlines, but the survey indicates that maturity is either becoming less of a concern – or is less of a concern than anecdotal evidence would suggest.

“The survey findings offer a clear indication that OpenStack is quickly becoming a reality for many IT organizations, and can serve as a viable cloud infrastructure backbone for private cloud,” said Radhesh Balakrishnan, general manager, Virtualization, Red Hat. “The survey shows that business leaders understand that OpenStack can bring improved visibility, speed, flexibility, and agility to the private cloud. As these organizations move to OpenStack-powered clouds, they are looking to IT industry leaders to deliver enterprise-class OpenStack by offering a normalized lifecycle, training and support, and a broad ecosystem of partners and OpenStack-certified solutions that will make their journey seamless.”

The survey also included some results into how long it takes for an organization to get OpenStack fully up and running. 18 months should go towards planning and implementation stages with 13.4 months getting from pilot to testing & development, and the last 4.6 months spent on full organizational implementation.

The next schedule OpenStack release, IceHouse, is coming in April of 2014. It will add support for Bare Metal, Hadoop, Relational Databases and Messaging. OpenStack shows no signs of slowing when it comes to features.

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About the Author

Jason Verge is an Editor/Industry Analyst on the Data Center Knowledge team with a strong background in the data center and Web hosting industries. In the past he’s covered all things Internet Infrastructure, including cloud (IaaS, PaaS and SaaS), mass market hosting, managed hosting, enterprise IT spending trends and M&A. He writes about a range of topics at DCK, with an emphasis on cloud hosting.

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