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How to use OpenStack in your small business

Paul Mah | May 16, 2014
The OpenStack cloud platform works well for companies that aim to deploy software or infrastructure as a service but remain wary of doing so using public cloud services. Here's how to find out if OpenStack is right for your business.

According to Zanni, OpenStack enterprise adoption "will hit the same critical mass in five years that took Linux 15 years." It's perhaps for this reason that Parallels recently announced its corporate sponsorship of the OpenStack Foundation and is expected to add support for the company's Parallels Cloud Server.

Ionel, meanwhile, says he sees OpenStack as "Android for the cloud data center, adding, "OpenStack is the only open standard. There's a huge need to have something that's completely interchangeable and totally open that anybody can contribute to and adopt."

MacDonald sees OpenStack becoming "the de facto solution for enterprise private clouds." He thinks the strong community focus will let OpenStack to grow in emerging public clouds as well as in emerging solutions for carriers. "This rapid and broad growth will enable customers to deploy hybrid cloud solutions and move even faster to the cloud."

Perkins says companies should see their OpenStack deployment as an opportunity to build up something from scratch, given the cloud platform's capability to bring about savings by replacing VMware deployments. He also advocates leveraging OpenStack to establish an agile environment where continuous development and implementation is the norm.

Ultimately, it's hard to mistake the optimism surrounding OpenStack and the belief that it represents the future of the cloud. If you are interested, you can download an OpenStack distribution and get started here.


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