The recent launch of an open source cloud platform called OpenStack (OS) has created quite a buzz in the cloud computing space. The early adopters in the Hype Cycle have already started deploying it but the real question is whether OpenStack is ready for enterprises to run their business critical application on it or not.
What is OpenStack?
OpenStack is a conglomeration of a number of distributed services including network, storage, monitoring and database that together represents a cloud OS. It is a scalable operating system for building public and private clouds, and therefore enables both small and large organizations to manage a large network of virtual machines.
Why OpenStack for your business?
The lack of standards and variations in cloud computing platforms increases the risk of a fragmented cloud market and vendor lock-in. Google apps and Azure have various levels of lock-in into the cloud platform. OpenStack is an attempt to commoditize cloud servers by providing an open source alternative to the current proprietary platforms.
Openstack accelerates time by giving your business units a self service portal to access necessary access on demand and establishes an API platform for developing cloud aware apps that help enterprises to dramatically accelerate time to market. This cloud platform can easily be integrated with a variety of business systems that ensure smooth functioning of the business while managing your market vendors.
Will it be a success?
Yes, it will be but one has to define the measurement criteria before declaring anything a success, and this is the main reason why some organizations fall down with OpenStack. It is, however, a success as far as its support framework for building private laaS is concerned.
Major benefits of Openstack
It has both public and private clouds
It is the best option for building any software as a service application
It delivers affordable, scalable and easy to manage storage
It serves as a base for delivering service on demand and self service storage to users who need IT services
It prohibits drive failure by preventing and controlling data corruption
However, Openstack has some weaknesses, too, that hold back its adoption in many organizations. These limitations are:
Difficulty in implementation
Shortage of skill available in the market
Weak spots in open stock projects
Integration with existing infrastructure
Thus, it is recommended that before deploying OpenStack in business framework, an enterprise should analyze whether OpenStack really is the best answer for their business and if they actually have the skill to implement and maintain an OpenStack ecosystem or not.
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