Gartner Research

Using OpenStack for Private Cloud

Published: 28 September 2016

ID: G00295891

Analyst(s): Alan Waite


OpenStack is the most successful open-source cloud IaaS framework, yet infrastructure architects and CIOs understand it poorly. This research analyzes the use cases and alternative methods for implementing OpenStack technology and assesses its strengths and weaknesses for mainstream implementations.

Table Of Contents


  • What Is OpenStack?
  • What OpenStack Is Not
  • Governance and the Role of the OpenStack Foundation
  • Open Source and Open Standards
  • Project Sprawl: DefCore, Interop and Big Tent
  • Current State of Deployments (Size and Production Status)
  • OpenStack Use Cases
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


  • Evaluate the Risks of Adopting OpenStack
  • Decide If Private Cloud IaaS and OpenStack Are Required
  • Determine Which Method of OpenStack Implementation Will Be Used
  • Evaluate the Integration of OpenStack With VMware

The Details

  • Sample Vendors and Distributions
    • Canonical (Ubuntu)
    • Cisco
    • Dell EMC
    • HPE
    • Huawei
    • IBM
    • Mirantis
    • NetApp
    • Rackspace
    • Red Hat
    • SUSE
    • VMware
  • OpenStack Projects
    • History
  • OpenStack Terminology

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