OpenStack has been on the tip of the tongue of so many players in the infrastructure world for the better part of this decade. And for good reason: The free open source software platform, generally deployed as an infrastructure as a service (IaaS), has a multitude of cloud-related functions.
Despite their initial push to provide public cloud functionality (and compete with the major public cloud players of Amazon, Microsoft, and Google), OpenStack may be finding a sweet spot in large scale private clouds, with 451 Research predicting that the OpenStack market will grow over 20% in the next five years to an astronomical $5.7 billion. The annual OpenStack surveys are illuminating, revealing that 70% of users, mostly telecom companies such as AT&T and Huawei, are utilizing OpenStack to power their private clouds.
Only time will tell iOpenStack will double down on providing functionality for private cloud developers or continue to chase the dream of the public cloud. Learn more about the battle for OpenStack’s soul on The Register.
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