Massive cloud computing capability for a fraction of the cost of on premise? Sounds kind of like “tastes great, less filling.”
But it’s possible with OpenStack, “the dominant platform for private cloud,” according Forrester Research, offering the benefits of both a scalable infrastructure and cost management. That’s a big reason why 451 Research estimates the market for OpenStack private cloud deployments will grow by 44 percent each year to $2.2 billion by 2020.
That’s a lot. Fortunately, Rackspace experts have crafted a whitepaper that walks through the basics — the benefits of private cloud, deployment options, key capabilities, API management, interoperability — plus details on several of the industries that benefit from using it.
OpenStack is a cloud operating system, a way of setting up your compute capabilities to take full advantage of the hardware you’ve already bought. Or extend what you can do well beyond the boundaries of your enterprise and share resources with someone else, as many academic institutions do. It’s a powerful way of getting computers to talk to each other over the Internet, using the same language, metaphors and — often — the same idiomatic expressions.
It’s a collection of open-source projects in storage, networking, compute, identity and other pieces that together can be assembled to construct flexible, on-demand compute capabilities — what are commonly called “clouds.” OpenStack is a great alternative for organizations who prefer open source and need a secure, private environment.
That’s why the scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) use OpenStack to handle the petabytes of data created through their studies. No matter what country the scientists hail from, they can collaborate seamlessly through the power of a common cloud computing infrastructure and technical language. It enables collaboration.
Private clouds are particularly well suited to those who want to, well, keep things private, or are required by law to keep tight controls on patient or client data.
Nowhere is the need for privacy felt more urgently than in healthcare. Doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers are under increased scrutiny to protect patient data under the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Hospitals alone could end up spending $9.5 billion on cloud computing initiatives to meet the needs of regulation patient safety. And don’t expect that number to shrink anytime soon. The same market research group expects 20.5 percent growth in the sector for the next several years.
Banks are also seeing a big upswing in private cloud usage from their need to keep data private. And it’s not just about keeping your money in your bank account safe.
Don Duet, global head of the technology division at Goldman Sachs, described just how his bank used private cloud infrastructure to standardize all its machines. He recently told McKinsey & Co. that it allows him to get more reduce complexity, improve efficiency, and adopt new technologies, such as containers, as they become available. That really reduces the complexity of running a $100 billion global financial giant.
But it isn’t just financial giants who use OpenStack; retail giants use it too, and when you talk retail, there’s no one bigger than Walmart. Its websites handled more than 1.5 billion page views just over one weekend.
Financial institutions and credit card companies are uniquely sensitive to problems of data security and privacy. In part that’s just good business for them. American Express says it uses an OpenStack private cloud and TD Bank, Wells Fargo and BBVA have also announced OpenStack deployments.
The real strength of OpenStack is its community of contributors, more than 8,000 strong, who work full time to improve the technology and service as it runs their systems. When technical people rely on something that they have the power to tinker with, they will make it better. Over time, it only will improve and strengthen.
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