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Yes, OpenStack is enterprise ready but it will need to keep up the momentum

Tamlin Magee | Nov. 1, 2016
The overwhelming number of businesses experimenting with OpenStack are now doing so for cost reasons

It is clear that it's not just the vendors that want OpenStack to succeed, but customers and communities too - and indeed, many of the world's most prominent technology companies across different verticals are here and contributing, financially and with code.

Canonical's head of product and Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth told Computerworld UK that while he is positive about the path OpenStack is taking - and that it has clearly won in terms of open platforms - a recent round of layoffs from some vendors is evidence that the 'big tent' approach had collapsed.

He suggested that this was a wake-up call for the Foundation and for the vendors, and that a concerted effort needs to be made about focusing on the core offerings of OpenStack. He also offered his opinion that Microsoft's own development in private cloud could provide competition to the platform in the near future.

OpenStack becomes enterprise-ready

Because the OpenStack summit happens every six months and is based on the principles of transparency that are so necessary for genuine open source movements to function, attendees can quite easily chart over time the challenges, wins, progress, development, documentation, and so on. A simplified analogy would be to think of it as showing your calculations before reaching a conclusion in algebra - it is all on display.

And one aspect of OpenStack that's not really up for debate is if it is now ready for the enterprise. There might be trepidation among a section of customers due to perceived complexity or a shortfall in engineers, but the range of uses on display goes to show that it is a powerful option in private cloud and for the right tasks - as the data from 451 Research and other analysts suggests.

So OpenStack finds itself at an intriguing juncture. The right players are all paying attention and making investments, and enterprises are using it to provide services, create products, and run workloads.

The question is if OpenStack can keep up the momentum - as 451 Research notes in its report, OpenStack "surpassed rival CloudStack in mindshare and then market share" - and the trajectory its adoption curve takes.

It seems to have found a powerful place for itself that all those invested seem confident in growing, but as ever, time will tell where the . But it's difficult not to see the platform go from one of promise and potential into one that's become in-use and vital for both businesses and researchers the world over.


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