What is OpenStack?
OpenStack, launched by Rackspace and NASA in 2010, is a collection of open source software projects that enables organizations to offer cloud computing services on industry standard hardware. At its core, the OpenStack 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 OpenStack.
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 OpenStack used?
According to a recent user survey, the leading workloads running on OpenStack are: DevOps, ITaaS, Web/SaaS, Database, Storage, and Big Data Analytics. Additionally, the survey participants were most interested in 3 new or emerging technologies for OpenStack: Containers, NFV (Network Functions Virtualization), and PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service).
A significant number of OpenStack deployments are increasing in maturity and size:
How to Get Started with OpenStack
Since OpenStack is 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 OpenStack 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 OpenStack the ubiquitous open source cloud computing platform.
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