Don't Let OpenStack Hype Distort Your Selection of a Cloud Management Platform in 2012

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Summary

OpenStack, an open-source cloud management platform, has been hyped as the future of all cloud infrastructure, both public and private, but it is an early-stage project whose future, though promising, is still uncertain.

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  • Analysis
  • Impacts and Recommendations
    • Hype around open-source CMPs is causing some customers to make unfounded assumptions that may lead to poor sourcing decisions when they are choosing a CMP to build a private cloud, or when buying cloud IaaS from a service provider
    • Vendor marketing is leading IT managers to believe that OpenStack is a stable, mature platform ready for widespread adoption, when it is an early-stage project with code stability challenges and a minimalistic feature set
    • IT managers may confuse adoption of an API with adoption of a CMP that supports the API, causing them to narrow their technology platform choices to their detriment
    • OpenStack proponents assert that it will eventually displace full-featured CMPs (notably VMware's vCloud suite) in the enterprise, but at present it is only implementing basic CMP capabilities
    • OpenStack may eventually become a solid open-source core at the heart of a large and successful ecosystem of commercial offerings
  • Recommended Reading
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