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Build your own private cloud, on your own hardware and in your own data centers, remotely managed by OpenStack experts. If you don't have (or want) in house experts to manage your cloud infrastructure, this option provides you an on-premise cloud with a fully-managed service model.
Building a cloud is a big undertaking, so a popular way to build an OpenStack private cloud is with the backing of commercial distributions and hardware appliances.
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You don't need your own data centers to run your own cloud. OpenStack providers can get you all the benefits of private cloud without any of the on-side hardware. There's usually an option to have your hosted private cloud completely managed for you.
Perhaps the easiest way to get started is making use of one of the worldwide OpenStack powered public clouds. Get access to compute, storage and networking in minutes and only pay for what you use.
Of course, there's no reason why you can't do both public and private cloud (a "hybrid" approach.) The power of OpenStack is the many ways you can deploy it and you'll find OpenStack in private data centers, public clouds, edge environments - or any combination of the three.
It can really help to get expert help from partners who have designed and built cloud infrastructure for companies of all sizes. OpenStack consultants can help you decide where to start and how to meet your unique cloud needs.
Operating a cloud is a unique skill set - luckily, there's a collection of certified OpenStack Training Partners worldwide. Admins versed in OpenStack can even take the Certified OpenStack Administrator exam, and you can be sure you are hiring the right cloud talent.
A growing collection of software drivers are available to plug all kinds of storage, networking and compute devices into your OpenStack infrastructure.
What's the Marketplace Spotlight and how can I get my company's products featured?
The Marketplace Spotlight on the OpenStack homepage highlights the variety of products featured here in the OpenStack Marketplace. If you would like your product(s) in the rotation, please make sure your company and product profiles are updated. Questions? Contact [email protected].