In a recent survey of enterprise IT decision makers, 84 percent said open-source cloud software OpenStack is part of their organization’s future cloud infrastructure plans as enterprises move from internally developed solutions or proprietary software to OpenStack-based private clouds.
The “2013 Path to an OpenStack-Powered Cloud” survey by IDG Connect was commissioned by open-source software company Red Hat and polled 200 US enterprise decision makers.
More than half the organizations polled (51 percent) are on either their second or third implementation of private cloud, using internally developed solutions or alternative offerings from vendors.
The list of challenges faced by internally developed private cloud solutions includes resource management, simplifying IT management, application management, and application migration.
As organizations work to address these issues, survey results indicate that three out of five respondents are in the early stages of their OpenStack deployments, and have either not yet completed the implementation stage or are early in the process.
What are the benefits offered by OpenStack over private cloud alternatives? Survey respondents cite management visibility (73 percent), deployment speed (72 percent), platform flexibility (69 percent), better agility (69 percent), and competitive advantage (67 percent).
“The survey findings offer a clear indication that OpenStack is quickly becoming a reality for many IT organizations, and can serve as a viable cloud infrastructure backbone for private cloud,” Red Hat virtualization GM Radhesh Balakrishnan said in a statement. “The survey shows that business leaders understand that OpenStack can bring improved visibility, speed, flexibility, and agility to the private cloud.”
Yet, some have indicated where OpenStack falls short – at least for their particular organization. Challenges to adoption include IT staff skill gaps (32 per cent), budget limitations (23 per cent), and skepticism over OpenStack’s maturity (11 per cent) and confusion over where to start (10 per cent). Those polled believe that outside OpenStack vendors and system integrators are best-positioned to provide experience, help justify investments, and close employee skill gaps.
“As these organizations move to OpenStack-powered clouds, they are looking to IT industry leaders to deliver enterprise-class OpenStack by offering a normalized lifecycle, training and support, and a broad ecosystem of partners and OpenStack-certified solutions that will make their journey seamless,” Balakrishnan said.
To address the apparent internal training and skills gap, however, The OpenStack Foundation recently launched a new Training Marketplace, and Red Hat launched an extended OpenStack certificatification program.
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