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Cloud Basics: Understanding OpenStack Pt. 2

Posted by QuoteColo on May 07, 2014 - Updated on May 02, 2014

cloud basics understanding openstack

In part one of “Cloud Basics: Understanding OpenStack” we defined what OpenStack is and what the Cloud tech is comprised of. If you need a primer on the elements of OpenStack we suggest you take a quick read of part one before you read this content.

Now that you know what OpenStack is, another question needs to be asked: How can I benefit from OpenStack? How can I utilize OpenStack solutions to benefit my personal Cloud deployment or enterprise level private Cloud infrastructure?

The Benefits of Cloud OpenStack

The benefits of OpenStack are two fold: Cloud and open source. The first benefit of OpenStack is Cloud services. As everyone knows, the Cloud offers excellent scalability, instant access from anywhere in the world, flexibility in deployment infrastructures and the mixing on private, public and hybrid Cloud deployments to maximize capabilities.

In addition, Cloud services make it dead simple for a consumer to operate a virtual machine via a graphical interface without the need to contact or lean on an IT department. Cloud computing servers and hosting solutions make virtual environments simple and powerful.

All of the aforementioned benefits of the Cloud are rolled into OpenStack. This said, the major benefit of OpenStack is how open the platform is to additional technologies, changes to source code and new tech service inclusion.

Open Source, Inclusion of Additional Technologies

This can’t be stated firm enough. The biggest benefit to utilizing OpenStack as a consumer or business could be the OpenStack foundation of open source. Although open source scares proprietary companies the major benefit to OpenStack is how it embraces and willingly takes on new features. With the original backing of RackSpace and NASA (yes, NASA), OpenStack has provided solutions to companies like Facebook, Netflix and Google when other conventional Cloud technologies didn’t work.

The major benefit of OpenStack for companies with developers on their staff is for those staff members to fork the source code, make changes and apply those new solutions to tackle internal company issues. By remaining open source, OpenStack allows companies to take a “make it, break it, make it” approach to finding internal solutions to tech issues. By empowering developers to take a do it yourself approach to building Cloud deployments, companies can spend less on new tech while also helping the tech market to leverage their source code changes for the better.

Essentially the major benefit of OpenStack is that it operates on a do it yourself, pay it forward platform which maintains the backing of RackSpace, NASA, IBM, Red Hat, Fedora etc. With the developer community fully behind OpenStack, developers are finding it easy to build new applications and plugin’s designed to solve internal problems which other developers can leverage to build upon for their own personal/corporate need.

The other major benefit of OpenStack, as mentioned earlier, is cost reduction. For the sole reason of being open source, OpenStack allows companies, corporations and private consumers to build needed Cloud solutions for minimal spend.

So, why should you utilize OpenStack when building your public, private or hybrid Cloud solution? The reasons are numerous.

Now get to it.

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