Which factor will influence the enterprise to consider OpenStack in 2014?

Posted 04 Mar 2014 by 

Jason Hibbets (Red Hat)
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The continued focus on security
11% (39 votes)
The continued focus on security
11% (39 votes)
Increased adoption within the financial, telecommunications, and public sectors
10% (36 votes)
Increased adoption within the financial, telecommunications, and public sectors
10% (36 votes)
The growing OpenStack ecosystem
11% (38 votes)
The growing OpenStack ecosystem
11% (38 votes)
The move toward an "as-a-service" mentality
18% (64 votes)
The move toward an "as-a-service" mentality
18% (64 votes)
Total votes: 354

Big things are in store for OpenStack this year. The community is growing, now at more than 15,000 people from more than 130 countries. The next version, Icehouse, is scheduled to be released on April 17, followed by the next OpenStack Summit in May. But what will this lead to?

In a post on virtual-strategy.com, Chuck Dubuque, the Director of Product Marketing for Virtualization and OpenStack at Red Hat, provided the following prediction:

"When discussing OpenStack, one gets the sense of a storm on the horizon; it's big, it's coming, and has the potential to disrupt the way we do things. That storm is no longer on the horizon. In 2014, I believe it will arrive, cohesively and powerfully – and its potential will be fully realized."

In that post, he also outlined four reasons why OpenStack has potential in the enterprise in 2014:

  • The continued focus on security
  • Increased adoption within the financial, telecommunications, and public sectors
  • The growing OpenStack ecosystem
  • The move toward an "as-a-service" mentality

Which of these factors do you think will influence the enterprise IT-decision makers to consider OpenStack for their large-scale cloud deployments and why?


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Aseem Sharma
Open Source Champion
Great article Jason. Thanks for sharing. I would go for ecosystem. It is the ecosystem that most organizations would invest in and would be attracted by. Openstack is becoming an incredibly impactful and strong ecosystem to invest in. The next increased adoption by telecom and financial players is also an important factor. The increase in adoption by the current players would encourage others to invest, considering the benefits that can be reaped.
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Jason Hibbets is a project manager in Corporate Marketing at Red Hat where he is the lead administrator, content curator, and community manager for Opensource.com. He has been with Red Hat since 2003 and is the author of, The foundation for an open source city. Prior roles include senior marketing specialist, Red Hat Knowledgebase maintainer, and support engineer. Follow him on Twitter: @jhibbets

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