Is OpenStack Ready for Mainstream Private Cloud Adoption?

Archived Published: 03 February 2015 ID: G00270660


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OpenStack is the best-known open-source private cloud framework, but remains poorly understood. This document assesses its readiness for mainstream consumption, strengths, weaknesses and recommended use cases. It also analyzes the alternatives for implementing OpenStack technology.

Table of Contents

  • Analysis
    • What Is OpenStack?
    • What OpenStack Is Not
    • Governance and the Role of the OpenStack Foundation
    • Open Source and Open Standards
    • OpenStack Core and the DefCore Committee
    • Current State of Deployments (Size and Production Status)
    • Future Road Map
    • OpenStack vs. CMPs
    • Strengths
    • Weaknesses
  • Guidance
    • Evaluate the Risk of Adopting OpenStack in Its Current Maturity State
    • Decide If Private Cloud IaaS and OpenStack Are Required
    • Determine Which Method of OpenStack Implementation Will Be Used
    • Determine Your Use Cases for OpenStack
    • Evaluate Integration of OpenStack With VMware
  • The Details
    • Sample Vendors and Distributions
      • Service Providers
      • Hardware Vendors
      • Software Vendors
    • OpenStack Projects
      • History
    • OpenStack Terminology
  • Gartner Recommended Reading
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