Forrester Research: OpenStack’s Global Traction Expands

OpenStack has “grown into a de facto standard platform for the private cloud market and now serves as the foundation for public clouds, particularly in Europe and China, according to a newly released Forrester Research Report titled, ‘OpenStack’s Global Traction Expands For Its Newton Release.’

The December 2016 report analyzes the state of OpenStack at the time of the October 2016 Barcelona Summit, which was convened to showcase Newton – the latest release of OpenStack software, and plan for the 14th release of the software, codenamed Ocata and expected in February 2017. A cording to Forrester, OpenStack is now the most widely deployed open source cloud computing software.

openstack cloud“In the past year, telcos like CableLabs, SK Telecom, and Verizon have shelved their previous objections to the Neutron networking project and flocked to the OpenStack community, contributing features like Doctor,” the Forrester report states. “Leading I&O professionals, application developers, and CIOs at firms like American Express, Disney, and Walmart have embraced OpenStack for their digital businesses. It’s the foundation of many private (and, increasingly, of many public) cloud services that give your company the agility it needs to respond to customer demand, from core systems to the mobile apps that deliver differentiated customer experiences.”

The report from Forrester Research would also examine:

  • OpenStack growth among public cloud providers, which now includes 21 self-reported public providers globally. (Note: OpenStack Foundation data adds that these clouds are located in a combined 66 data centers across 53 cities globally.)
  • How, “for some, OpenStack underpins a bigger effort to transform the network with network function virtualization (NFV).”
  • How “the Newton release focuses on container support and simple network requests. Magnum has expanded its scope to offer other orchestration cluster tools, including Docker Swarm, Kubernetes, and Mesos with either VM or bare metal.”
  • How, for those outside the Fortune 100 and high-tech, “the OpenStack ecosystem wants your participation and will be willing to provide you with ‘above and beyond’ support.”
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