OpenStack Overview

Driving Business Agility Via Software-Defined Infrastructure

What is OpenStack?

It’s a collection of open source software projects launched by Rackspace and NASA in 2010 that enables organizations to offer cloud computing services on industry standard hardware. At its core, its Mission is to remain completely open and transparent.

The OpenStack Foundation was established in 2012 as an independent not-for-profit organization promoting the development and adoption of the technology.

With a large community of active contributors, OpenStack has grown beyond its initial scope focused on deployment and management of compute, storage, and network resources to include new services that enable a highly functional cloud computing platform.

Why is it used?

A recent user survey by the User Committee identified 3 key reasons why it’s used: accelerated pace of innovation, an open platform with no vendor lock-in, and increased operational efficiency.
Source: User Survey Insights: Oct 2015

How is it used?

According to a recent user survey, the leading workloads are: DevOps, ITaaS, Web/SaaS, Database, Storage, and Big Data Analytics. Additionally, the survey participants were most interested in 3 new or emerging technologies: Containers, NFV (Network Functions Virtualization), and PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service).

A significant number of deployments are increasing in maturity and size:

How to Get Started

Since it’s a powerful, versatile and complex software platform, many people wonder how to get started. We recommend starting with the documentation, and then installing a distribution from the Marketplace or by installing DevStack, which is designed to run on a single machine or VM.

Next, it’s time to deploy in production! There’s a large ecosystem of companies that can help you plan for large, scalable and resilient clouds. For example, Mirantis provides services for Implementation, and OpenStack Training to ensure your team’s success.

Next Steps

The continued success of OpenStack depends on an community of contributors to its source code. We welcome you to read our blog, and sign up for our newsletter. Finally, read how to contribute, and join us as we make it the ubiquitous open source cloud computing platform.

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