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.
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.
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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