OpenStack Adoption Accelerates to Support App Deployment, Study Finds

By Sean M. Kerner  |  Posted 2015-10-30

Approximately every six months, some form of user survey for the OpenStack cloud community comes out to help to gauge the progress and usage of the open-source cloud platform. At the OpenStack Summit in Tokyo, which ran from Oct. 27-30, Mark Collier, chief operating officer of the OpenStack Foundation, presented the findings from most recent survey. The October survey received 1,315 responses, a 107 percent increase over the May 2015 study's 634 completed surveys. A more important area of growth that the most recent OpenStack user survey found, however, was the percentage of production deployments. In May 2015, 49 percent of deployments were in production; that has grown to 60 percent, according to the new study. As to why organizations are choosing to deploy OpenStack, there are multiple reasons. The top reason, cited by 77 percent of respondents, is a desire to accelerate innovation to be able to deploy code and applications faster. Seventy-six percent of respondents identified avoiding vendor lock-in as a key driver for OpenStack adoption. OpenStack is globally deployed, though North America represents 44 percent of all users, with Asia holding the No. 2 spot at 28 percent. In this slide show, eWEEK looks at the key findings of the October 2015 OpenStack User Survey.


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