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What to expect from OpenStack Summit Boston

Tamlin Magee | April 26, 2017
Plus Foundation releases twice-yearly user survey that suggests continued interest for Docker, containers, and the usual bumps in the road around complexity.

"I think from that standpoint they're still very tuned into that, but in terms of feature sets and capabilities or functionality, there's always something they need to address."


User survey highlights growth in adoption rate

The OpenStack Foundation has also released the twice-yearly OpenStack User Survey (PDF) ahead of next month's Summit.

The Survey, which polled 1,300 users worldwide about their thoughts on the open source cloud platform, found that there were still stumbling blocks ahead. Although there was a rise in adoption, users polled said that installation was too complicated and that the lifecycle of releases needs further attention.

Users asked that the feature request process be made easier, and more transparency on delivery dates and when features will be made available. They cited concerns for installation particularly for TripleO and HA deployments, and said that a common deployment and lifecycle management tool would make life easier, along with the automation of installations and standardised automated deployment methods.

Containers were of particular interest to users, with 65 percent of those running containers inside OpenStack using the Docker runtime, and 47 percent of users orchestrating apps on OpenStack opting for Kubernetes.

A typical deployment, according to the survey, is at nine projects - and the average age of these deployments rests at just 1.68 years. Over half of the surveyed deployments started between 2016 and 2017.

Users commented that the community is an especially important area where the open source platform stands up well. One user said in the report: "OpenStack has the benefit of thousands of developers all over the world working in tandem to develop the strongest, most robust, and most secure product that they can."

Users also cited avoiding vendor lock-in as a main driver for running OpenStack, a point that vendors offering OpenStack services are particularly keen to highlight. Others said that being on the open source platform brought other competitive advantages like operational efficiency and, simply, saving cash - although these were not rated as highly as avoiding vendor lock-in.

User satisfaction in the survey seems to have taken a slight knocking, but this could be expected with the reported increase in new deployments.


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