Report: OpenStack Deployments Move Beyond Test and Dev

Study also finds open source cloud infrastructure software deployments aren't limited to large enterprise

Nicole Henderson, Contributor

October 25, 2016

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Report: OpenStack Deployments Move Beyond Test and Dev
Canonical booth at the 2014 OpenStack summit in Paris (Photo: Yevgeniy Sverdlik)


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OpenStack deployments are getting bigger and are being used for all kinds of enterprise workloads, a new study by 451 Research says.

Released on Tuesday at the OpenStack Summit in Barcelona, the study finds that OpenStack is not limited to large enterprises as 65 percent of respondents are in organizations of between 1,000 and 10,000 employees. OpenStack noted earlier this year that it has seen dozens of mid-sized organizations come on board when it addressed common misconceptions about OpenStack, including the misconception that only large enterprises use OpenStack.

According to the study, OpenStack users are adopting containers at a faster rate than other enterprises, with 55 percent of OpenStack users also using containers, compared to 17 percent across all enterprises.

OpenStack supports workloads including infrastructure services (66 percent), business applications and big data (60 percent and 59 percent, respectively), and web services and ecommerce (57 percent).

“Our research in aggregate indicates enterprises globally are moving beyond using OpenStack for science projects and basic test and development to workloads that impact the bottom line,” Al Sadowski, research vice president with 451 Research said in a statement.

The majority of OpenStack users are in the technology industry (20 percent), while manufacturing accounts for 15 percent, retail/hospitality for 11 percent, and professional services for 10 percent. Healthcare, insurance, transportation, communications/media, wholesale trade, energy and utilities, education, financial services and government account for the remainder of OpenStack users, the report says.

451 Research said that enterprises cite increasing operational efficiency (76 percent) and accelerating deployment speed (75 percent) as top drivers for OpenStack adoption.

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About the Author(s)

Nicole Henderson

Contributor, IT Pro Today

Nicole Henderson covers daily cloud news and features online for ITPro Today. Prior to ITPro Today, she was editor at Talkin' Cloud (now Channel Futures) and the WHIR. She has a bachelor of journalism from Ryerson University in Toronto.

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