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April 2018

OpenStack gains early foothold in Australia

When the OpenStack Foundation polled its user community in 2017, it found that there had been a 44% year-on-year increase in deployments of the technology, with 74% taking place outside the US. In Australia, the open-source approach to cloud computing has had poster child supporters such as the Nectar research project, universities across the country, the Commonwealth Bank – albeit with a relatively small deployment – and Telstra. Australia has been one of the earliest adopters of OpenStack, said Jonathan Bryce, executive director of the 85,000-member OpenStack Foundation, noting that organisations including IAG and the Australian Department of Defence have been attending OpenStack events in the past year or so. “In general, I see it following a similar trend to other regions where we have had some early users for years, and have recently started to see expansion across industries,” Bryce said. For “boutique” clouds that are being developed in OpenStack, Bryce said the early challenges of deployability and manageability are ...

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