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According to a recent press release, 81% of senior IT professionals are planning to move or are already moving to OpenStack

According to a recent press release, 81 percent of senior IT professionals are planning to move or are already moving to OpenStack private cloud. With that said, many customers are also coming forth with concerns about how their cloud infrastructure should be integrated and managed.

For example, respondents to the study conducted by Linux, cloud and storage infrastructure provider SUSE have installation challenges, possible vendor lock-in, and a lack of OpenStack skills in the market on their list of concerns about moving to the OpenStack private cloud. While OpenStack has many advantages that appeal to senior IT people in the enterprise and which inspire confidence, the specifics are still a sticking point for many. For example, customers worry about the training and support available and the skill set necessary to integrate and manage the private cloud successfully.


The study also revealed the preferences, adoption levels and challenges of large companies moving to the private cloud, revealing that:

  • Ninety percent of large companies say they have already implemented at least one private cloud
  • Ninety-six percent of respondents said they would use a cloud solution for business-critical workloads
  • Ninety-six percent of respondents believe there are business advantages to implementing an open source private cloud

These responses show that the OpenStack private cloud has gained tremendous ground in trustworthiness and adoption, and that open source solutions are particularly appealing to enterprises looking for agility and cost effectiveness in their private cloud solutions.

The concerns that the above mentioned study brought to light included degree of difficulty, vendor lock-in constraints, and a shortage of skills. Half of all enterprise implementations of OpenStack have failed, and 86 percent of respondents said that the lack of skills in the market hinders them from considering the private cloud. Enterprises will likely choose to partner with cloud service providers to reduce the difficulties posed by a do-it-yourself private cloud deployment.

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Lacey Thoms is a marketing specialist and blogger at Protecode, a provider of open source license management solutions. During her time at Protecode, Lacey has written many articles on open source software management. She has a background in marketing communications, digital advertising, and web design and development. Lacey has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications from Carleton University.