5 Reasons you should have a cloud on OpenStack
Updated: Jul 4
OpenStack has been broadly adopted across the IT landscape, driving innovation and robustness. While previous versions may require deployment and integration expertise and added efforts, some of the newer versions are actually far less complicated. Nevertheless, certain bundles offered by commercial OpenStack distributors allow for better orchestration and management.
The following are 5 key reasons you should consider when looking at OpenStack.
1. Increased automatization
OpenStack offers administrators powerful tools that can make managing a cloud very easy, where many operational activities can be automated. Its API allows complete control over the cloud via other programs which makes it easy to build your own app that can, for example, start another virtual machine. This simplifies the development of specific apps. The friendly API definitely makes development faster, which can make the solution more economical.
2. Scaling is easier than ever
OpenStack is designed to be ready for scaling, and it doesn’t matter whether that’s scaling up or down. It’s also designed to be ready for infrastructure not being always available or parts of it outright failing.
And it makes admins’ jobs easier. Creating another instance happens at the drop of a hat. Deleting them when they’re not needed is just as quick.
When a company uses cloud-based on OpenStack, it can depend on it adjusting to its demands quickly. It doesn’t even matter if the company wants to run five instances or five thousand instances. OpenStack can do it all.
3. Benefits of a huge community
Because OpenStack is an open platform, it has a great number of users and developers all over the world. According to the newest data, the development has been helped along by thousands of developers.
That is a great benefit for administrators that is always getting larger. Whenever a customer runs into a problem, there’s a pretty good chance someone somewhere already had to solve the exact same issue or something very similar. Moreover, the community holds regular meetings all over the world just for the devs and admins, to help them share news and experience.
4. The open platform allows fast development
Because the source code is publicly available, the development of the platform has seen experts from all around the world pitching in.
This also means that OpenStack is not a child of a specific company that could use it as a license to print money because of the lack of competition. Even though large vendors like Intel, IBM or Dell are taking part in developing OpenStack, any company or a start-up can bring out its own products based on the platform.
It’s a similar system to Linux. There are many different “distributions” of the operation system, each with its own features, even though they mostly share the same core.
Many companies offer their own versions of OpenStack modules. Even though the “basic” source code is free, these distributions are usually paid.
Because the code is open-source., anyone can try OpenStack on their own. If it doesn’t do exactly what people need, they can code the desired function themselves and share it with other devs. In the case of proprietary software, they would have to wait for the original developers to add the feature in themselves, which might not happen for a long time (or ever, in case of very specific needs). Instead, anyone can code their own solution themselves. This allows the cloud solution to move forward at a quick pace.
5. Open Stack is cost-effective
It is well known that OpenStack is inexpensive to build and scale, it is compatible with any commodity hardware, there is no need for ticketing with central IT, no expensive software licensing fees, and guarantees drastically reduced management costs.
Enjoy the benefits of OpenStack
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