Cloud Computing

OpenStack Deployments Q3/2014: Private Clouds are far ahead – Hybrid Cloud is rising

The momentum of the open source cloud infrastructure software OpenStack remains strong. Together with the continuous improvement of the technology (current release: Icehouse), the adoption by enterprise customers is characterized by very healthy growth rates. This is clear from the worldwide growth of the OpenStack projects. Although the number of new projects in Q3 went up by only 30 percent as compared to Q2, which exhibited an impressive 60 percent growth over Q1, the appeal is still unabated.

Here, on-premise private clouds are by far the preferred deployment model. In Q2 2014, the OpenStack Foundation counted 85 private cloud installations worldwide. In Q3, the number already grew to 114. By comparison, the number of worldwide OpenStack public clouds grew by a mere 7 percent, falling steeply from the 70 percent jump just a quarter before. With 57 percent, hybrid cloud projects reveal the biggest growth. For the next 12 months, Crisp Research expects a 25 percent growth for OpenStack based enterprise private clouds.

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* The numbers base on the official statistics of the OpenStack Foundation.

By Rene Buest

Rene Buest is Gartner Analyst covering Infrastructure Services & Digital Operations. Prior to that he was Director of Technology Research at Arago, Senior Analyst and Cloud Practice Lead at Crisp Research, Principal Analyst at New Age Disruption and member of the worldwide Gigaom Research Analyst Network. Rene is considered as top cloud computing analyst in Germany and one of the worldwide top analysts in this area. In addition, he is one of the world’s top cloud computing influencers and belongs to the top 100 cloud computing experts on Twitter and Google+. Since the mid-90s he is focused on the strategic use of information technology in businesses and the IT impact on our society as well as disruptive technologies.

Rene Buest is the author of numerous professional technology articles. He regularly writes for well-known IT publications like Computerwoche, CIO Magazin, LANline as well as and is cited in German and international media – including New York Times, Forbes Magazin, Handelsblatt, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Wirtschaftswoche, Computerwoche, CIO, Manager Magazin and Harvard Business Manager. Furthermore Rene Buest is speaker and participant of experts rounds. He is founder of and writes about cloud computing, IT infrastructure, technologies, management and strategies. He holds a diploma in computer engineering from the Hochschule Bremen (Dipl.-Informatiker (FH)) as well as a M.Sc. in IT-Management and Information Systems from the FHDW Paderborn.