18 Considerations Worth Noting When Choosing OpenStack For Your Cloud
2OpenStack Is Ready for Mission-Critical Enterprise Applications
With new releases improving the platform’s overall stability, it has become more viable for enterprises to run their mission-critical applications on OpenStack clouds. According to a report by Forrester, 50 percent of Fortune 100 companies already are using OpenStack, and about two-thirds of those users are running production workloads.
3OpenStack Is Interoperable Across Various Deployments
OpenStack’s open APIs make it easy to integrate with numerous solutions. This gives organizations the flexibility to add components from multiple vendors onto their deployments. Earlier this year, 18 major vendors successfully completed IBM’s Interop Challenge, proving that OpenStack distributions are interoperable with their offerings across on-premises, public and hybrid deployments.
4OpenStack Can Be Difficult to Deploy
Deploying OpenStack straight from source code is an involved, time-consuming task, even for experienced IT operators. Knowing what deployment model best suits your needs can help alleviate the complexities of installation. Users can choose from one of several deployment models, including on-premises distribution, private cloud in a box, hosted private cloud and managed OpenStack as a service.
5OpenStack Has Massive Community Support
Since its launch in 2010, more than 500 companies have formally joined the OpenStack project. Combined with the broader open-source community, OpenStack gives users viable resources such as extensive documentation and thousands of fellow developers to leverage for advice when encountering issues with their deployments.
6Users Finally Can Run Hybrid Deployments
Last month at OpenStack Summit Barcelona 2016, hybrid cloud as a service was formally introduced to the user community. Organizations now can automatically connect their private OpenStack clouds to public clouds such as Amazon Web Services, and run hybrid deployments via single standardized OpenStack APIs. According to OpenStack’s most recent user survey, hybrid cloud was one of the most sought-after technologies.
7OpenStack Facilitates DevOps Through Self-Service
8OpenStack Easily Integrates with Container Technology
9New OpenStack Releases Bring New Sets of Problems
Upgrading to the latest version of OpenStack often is a challenging process. Many organizations are hesitant to shift their workloads to the latest OpenStack release for fear of unexpected downtimes. Having your OpenStack deployment managed by a third party that handles upgrades greatly reduces any risk of data loss or other issues.