Zenoss: open cloud computing is three horse race

Unified IT operations software vendors Zenoss has produced a new survey with the aim of determining what it calls “the prevailing sentiments” concerning open source cloud deployment.

Based in the US state of Maryland, Zenoss develops free and open source IT monitoring tools for what it calls “cross-domain monitoring with deep analytics and automated remediation” — it charges its customers for the proprietary enterprise versions of its software.

The firm’s survey polled more than 100,000 community members and drew responses from 600 IT professionals including system administrators and architects, developers, network engineers and CIOs.

“There has been a flurry of activity surrounding the state and adoption of open source cloud deployments,” said Floyd Strimling, VP of community and technical evangelist at Zenoss.

A three horse race

“While much of the open cloud excitement has been centred on the newly launched OpenStack Foundation, the vast majority of our survey respondents have not yet deployed a solution. The survey indicates there is a three horse race between OpenStack, CloudStack, and Eucalyptus with many challenges needing to be solved before full open source cloud adoption will take place.”

A pending wave

The survey findings reveal what Zenoss has labelled as a “pending wave” of open source cloud adoption, despite the current pervasive sense that open source cloud is simply not yet ready.


Highlights include:

• 82.9% of respondents said they are not using an open cloud.

• Maturity (38.5%), lack of support (30.7%), and security (28.9%) were most commonly selected as reasons why respondents are not using an open source cloud.

OpenStack dominates adoption plans but CloudStack and Eucalyptus are “in the hunt” at this time.

• Of those considering deploying an open cloud 62.8% are looking at OpenStack, 46.8% are looking at CloudStack, and 23.8% are looking at Eucalyptus.

Open Cloud’s future is bright

• 56.9% of respondents said they are thinking of deploying an open source cloud in the future, 41.6% of these expect to do so in 1 – 2 years.