OpenStack is an open-source cloud operating system that is relatively simple to install and provides massive scalability in helping organizations move towards enterprise-wide interdepartmental operations. Providing a stable foundation for both public and private clouds, OpenStack offers plug and play components with “at a glance” visualizations of how different parts work together. Their dashboard feature gives control to administrators while allowing users to provide resources through a web interface. OpenStack’s platform enables the deployment of container resources on a single network. It is one of the fastest growing solutions for building and managing cloud computing platforms with over 500 customers like Target, T-Mobile, Workday, American Express, GAP, Nike, and American Airlines.
While there can be additional costs for specific versions, it is free to sign up for a public cloud trial: https://www.openstack.org/passport/
After installing OpenStack, DevStack can be used to understand better dashboard functionality as well as providing insight to contributors wanting to test against a complete local environment: https://docs.openstack.org/devstack/latest/
Free training on OpenStack is also available helping people master and adopt OpenStack technology: https://www.openstack.org/marketplace/training/
While the self-service is possible, should you choose to use a vendor for OpenStack management, a few key questions to ask potential vendors include:
- Can you be specific on how you can help my company support an OpenStack deployment?
- Can you share what kind of workloads has your OpenStack distribution supported in the past?
- What kind of flexibility is incorporated in your OpenStack solution?
- What kind of cost reductions should be anticipated from deploying an OpenStack infrastructure?
Do you have experience with OpenStack? If so, please share your experience with me via DM or in the comments.
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