The fastest growing open-source management infrastructure, OpenStack, saw huge gains in 2014 as the young company laid the foundation for various contracts. Among these numerous corporations were rival company VMware, a U.S. software company that creates cloud and virtualization services and is even OpenStack’s largest competition.
OpenStack itself can be seen as multiple interrelated stack-based projects that are synced to one management interface, providing a basic computing management platform that is easy to use and very accessible for managing multiple computers or serves.
OpenStack gained worldwide recognition in various industries after being picked up by corporations and competitors alike, and saw actual revenue with various multimillion-dollar deals made public and upwards of $3 billion estimated revenue expected by 2018.
Part of the reason OpenStack has been faring so favourably compared to similar products is its more defined management system, which is used by more than 150 companies including AMD, Brocade, Dell, HP, IBM, VMware, and Yahoo, all using and helping develop OpenStack. This universal recognition has lead to OpenStack being seen as the leader in cloud management platforms, with more momentum behind growth than other competitors.
Despite this massive amount of collaboration being unusual for an independent product, OpenStack has had major partners from its inception, with both NASA and Rackspace Hosting helping to launch it. Now, OpenStack is utilized by many more organizations such as AT&T, CERN, Yahoo!, HP Public Cloud, Red Hat OpenShift among others.
In 2015, OpenStack’s Juno released over 342 new features, such as storage policies and a new data processing service that provides both Hadoop and Spark (two open-source cluster computing frameworks which are essentially computers that work as a single system). The real push in 2015 from OpenStack is to be the platform for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), a major transformation that improves agility and efficiency in telco and other service provider data centers.
Despite OpenStack’s universal adaption throughout online incorporation, it is still difficult to deploy in servers, and often needs to be managed from various CLI consoles. In addition, OpenStack itself consists of a number of different modular components such as Compute, Open Storage, Block Storage, Networking, Dashboard, Identity Service, Image server, Telemetry, Multiple Tenant Cloud Messaging, Elastic Map Reduce, only adding to the confusion of an already difficult software.
In a press release, Executive Director of the OpenStack Foundation, Jonathan Bryce, touched on why something like OpenStack is so appealing to computing.
“Everyone we talk to wants cloud resources that let them move faster. The evolving maturation and refinement that we see in Icehouse make it possible for OpenStack users to support application developers with the services they need to develop, deploy and iterate on apps at the speeds they need to remain competitive” said Bryce.
According to Forrester Research Inc. in a press release touching on Open Stack, “OpenStack has crossed the threshold and will become another de facto IaaS standard before the end of the year when OpenStack compatibility will be a must, not a nice-to-have”. IaaS or Infrastructure as a Service is according to Cloudforums, a type of cloud computing in which a third-party provider hosts virtualized computing resources over the Internet.