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An OpenStack primer for IT executives

Ed Tittel | Jan. 17, 2014
OpenStack, the open source cloud computing platform, has garnered the support of more than 200 IT vendors. Enterprises embrace the platform for its flexible, hardware-agnostic architecture -- but they should realise that this modularity can come at a cost.

Companies report spending $20,000 annually, on average, to manage server VMs in this environment $500,000 per major OpenStack release for quality control, customization and necessary fixes and enhancements. But for the money, those same organizations can realize substantial savings on hardware - a fully populated server/networking rack averages $91,000, much less than proprietary alternatives - and the ability to stand up and manage large collections of virtual servers on demand as needed.

As long as management understands that a long-term investment in funds and staff time is needed to get an OpenStack implementation going, and to keep it running, organizations can benefit from digging deeply into OpenStack.


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