OpenStack deployments are getting bigger. Users are diversifying across industries. Enterprises report using the open source cloud software to support workloads that are critical to their businesses.
OpenStack’s eighth User Survey demonstrates the maturity and deep adoption of the the world’s most widely deployed open source software for building clouds. OpenStack-powered clouds have moved beyond small-scale deployments. OpenStack supports workloads that matter to enterprises, not just test and dev. These include infrastructure services (66 percent), business applications and big data (60 percent and 59 percent, respectively), and web services and ecommerce (57 percent).
These are among the findings in a recent study by 451 Research regarding OpenStack adoption among enterprise private cloud users. About 72 percent of OpenStack-based clouds are between 1,000 and 10,000 cores and three fourths choose OpenStack to increase operational efficiency and app deployment speed. The study was commissioned by the OpenStack Foundation.
Increasing operational efficiency and accelerating innovation/deployment speed are top business drivers for enterprise adoption of OpenStack, at 76 and 75 percent, respectively. Supporting DevOps is a close second, at 69 percent. Reducing cost and standardizing on OpenStack APIs were close behind, at 50 and 45 percent, respectively.
“Our research in aggregate indicates 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 with 451 Research. “This is supported by our OpenStack Market Monitor which projects an overall market size of over $5 billion in 2020 with APAC, namely China, leading the way in terms of growth.”
Suse has expanded the reach of the OpenStack Foundation’s Certified OpenStack Administrator (COA) certification by increasing the number of platforms on which candidates can take the COA exam. “Many professionals have learned OpenStack, but not all using the same distribution,” said Rich Wiltbank, senior director of training and certification at Suse. “While distributions are very similar, there are enough differences between them that trainees are less interested in taking the exam if it’s not on the platform they learned on. The addition of Suse as an exam option will grow the ranks of Certified OpenStack Administrators and increase the expertise of enterprise cloud users around the world.” The COA exam on Suse will be unchanged from the current format, including the same objectives and scenarios. The OpenStack Foundation will retain complete control of the COA program and exam.
Heidi Skupien Bretz, director of business development and alliances at the OpenStack Foundation, said, “The OpenStack community is dedicated to making the COA a vendor-neutral, industry-standard certification. By investing the resources necessary to offer the test on their platform, SUSE is giving OpenStack professionals the ability to select training and certification exams for the environment they’ll run in production. SUSE has added choice to the market and is helping expand the number of OpenStack professionals with access to certification.”