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