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OpenStack adoption by enterprise grows

New research has found that businesses of all sizes are taking on OpenStack to run their private and hybrid clouds

OpenStack-powered clouds have moved beyond small-scale deployments, according to new research from 451 Group.

The study, for OpenStack, found that 72% of OpenStack enterprise deployments are between 1,000 and 10,000 cores in size.

The study also found that 5% of OpenStack clouds among enterprises top the 100,000-core mark.

“Our research in aggregate indicates that enterprises globally are moving beyond using OpenStack for science projects and basic test and development to workloads that impact the bottom line,” said Al Sadowski, research vice-president at 451 Research.

The survey, which was published at the start of the OpenStack summit in Barcelona, highlighted growing adoption of OpenStack among enterprises.

During the keynote presentation at the event, Mark Collier, chief operating officer at the OpenStack Foundation, discussed how the open source cloud platform was gaining wider enterprise acceptance.

Sky was among the users speaking at the OpenStack Summit. Matt Smith, infrastructure design manager at Sky, said the media company’s products were powered by IT. “We needed a software-defined networking and storage and shop for all parts of the business,” he said.

Smith said the primary driver was cost. The company deployed OpenStack in two main datacentres with four availability zones for more than 80 projects and 400 users.

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Another user, Banco Santander, has deployed an OpenStack cloud to support risk management, customer intimacy and cost optimisation. Meanwhile, high-performance computing (HPC) remains a strong area for OpenStack deployments.

Paul Calleja, who works in information technology and services at Cambridge University, said the university had built a biomedical cloud based on OpenStack to support researchers. He said OpenStack made computing more accessible, flexible and secure for the research community and “increases the time to science”.

Among the research being supported by OpenStack is a project that applies big data analytics to electronic patient records. ...............................................................

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