Cloud Computing

The OpenStack appeal continues to rise

For many CIOs and cloud strategists the open cloud management framework OpenStack still counts as a pure marketing engine. But this perception is deceiving. With the “Icehouse” release and the serious support of big IT vendors the open source project is evolving into a leading cloud standard.

The OpenStack momentum continues to build

OpenStack can be used in several different scenarios as an infrastructure foundation for public, private and hybrid clouds. Crisp Research sees “Icehouse” as an important step for the OpenStack community to increase its appeal and to help users on their journey of running their own OpenStack based cloud. To be successful with OpenStack, it is important for CIOs to find the right mix of products, services and resources in the community.

The numbers of the recent “OpenStack Summit” are an indicator for the building OpenStack momentum. More than 4,000 attendees testify to the growing importance of the open source cloud infrastructure software. It is the same with the current OpenStack deployments. In comparison to Q1/2014, the worldwide projects increased by 60 percent in Q2/2014.

On-premise private cloud deployments are still in the lead. There were 55 private cloud deployments in Q1/2014 and 85 deployments in Q2/2014. Even the number of worldwide OpenStack public clouds has jumped, from 17 to 29.

Icehouse is a milestone

After a perceived hype, OpenStack is on a good way to become one of the important cloud standards for private and hybrid cloud environments alongside Microsoft’s Cloud OS. The commitments and investments of almost all big technology vendors imply a clear future development. The new “Icehouse” release is a milestone regarding stability and functionality, and former bugs have been fixed.

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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.