The Cloud computing market needs a standard

Rapidly, the OpenStack community grew with the addition of major players like Dell, Cisco, IBM, Red Hat, and others. Why? Cloud computing actors use to commit themselves: “Cloud solutions will help you to perform”. The reality is not that simple, since public clouds can't satisfy everyone's needs — particularly when security and privacy are major concerns only addressed with a true private cloud solution. That's where OpenStack comes in.API-OpenStack

You can summarize OpenStack in a single acronym — IaaS — which includes the same disruptive approach as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and its standard API. To make an analogy with the smartphone industry, OpenStack is the Android of cloud computing, and AWS, its iOS.

  • Both Amazon and Apple develop their global solutions on private technology with a high level of services.
  • Both are industry leaders.
  • Facing them, Android and OpenStack are open technologies designed to run on any hardware platform, whilst offering standard APIs to facilitate their operations.
  • In these two market, the “open source” outsiders have earned the most important part of the market with the same open strategy.

That is the key behind the success of OpenStack:

  • A standard and shareable IaaS solution
  • in a highly competitive business ecosystem
  • with an open source Apache license which allows to run the software inside any proprietary solution or existing infrastructure

No other project in the IT industry have had the same impact as OpenStack, which is leveraging the best recent development practices (continuous integration, DevOps...), while being carried by all the market actors including hardware, services and software companies. Only an open source project can achieve that.

Keep it simple

To conclude this post, OpenStack is now the de facto cloud computing standard. Obviously, there are various ways to use it depending on your business case. Keep-it-simple-OpenStackHosting services and big private cloud providers are the most intensive users of OpenStack and they leverage the full power of all its components. In many cases, however, organizations will only need a simple version of it and, as I use to say, “With OpenStack, keep it simple, be safe.”