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Two-Thirds of OpenStack Deployments Now in Production; API Standardization a Near-Universal Consideration in Choosing the Software

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Seventh OpenStack Foundation User Survey shows users are interested in containers, NFV and bare metal as emerging technologies on OpenStack.

AUSTIN, Texas // April 13, 2016 — Sixty-five percent of OpenStack® deployments are now in production, 33 percent more than a year ago. And 97 percent of community members said that “standardizing on the same open platform and APIs that power a global network of public and private clouds” was one of their top five considerations in choosing OpenStack.

These and other findings are part of the seventh survey of OpenStack users and community members, conducted by the OpenStack Foundation. Survey responses were gathered from more than 1,600 users representing 1,111 organizations over a three-week period. The results provide insights into the community’s technology choices and future requirements.

***The full User Survey report is available here.***

Survey responses demonstrate how OpenStack’s mature and highly flexible platform has become an innovation engine for companies in diverse industries, enabling users to operate both legacy systems and cloud-native apps through a single framework, a benefit that is increasingly important, especially to enterprise users. OpenStack is unique in its ability to support organizations managing legacy IT workloads while also adopting agile IT systems to drive competitive advantage through rapid iteration of software development.

“Being a flexible framework to build on is the most important aspect of the OpenStack platform,” said one user from a global financial institution. “Also, being able to support both traditional and cloud-native workloads is very important because large enterprises don't have the luxury of dropping their legacy applications and forklifting them into the microservices-type designs from day one. The benefits of the cloud are too great to only allow new workloads onto the platform.”

OpenStack has experienced accelerated adoption in the past year with more diverse and larger deployments, particularly as organizations have recognized the flexibility and agility that OpenStack offers.

Other Key Findings

  • Users are aligning around OpenStack as it becomes the de facto open source enterprise Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) API.
  • Container technology continues to be a major interest for the OpenStack community, earning the most interest among emerging technologies, with 70 percent of respondents reporting interest in containers as a part of their OpenStack projects.
  • Though there were few shakeups in deployment decisions, the use of Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and container orchestration tools saw significant changes among the leading technology choices, with Kubernetes leading.
  • Deployments are rapidly adopting the two most recent releases of OpenStack at the time of the survey, Kilo and Liberty.
  • Organizations of all sizes use OpenStack. Forty three percent of respondents reported working in organizations of fewer than 1,000 people.

Learn More about the User Survey at the OpenStack Summit
Findings from the User Survey will be discussed during a session at the OpenStack Summit Austin, April 25-29. This international event is expected to bring together more than 7,000 participants from 55+ countries at the Austin Convention Center, where users, developers, telecom/service provider visionaries and enterprise CIOs will collaborate on the future of the cloud computing. The schedule for the Austin Summit is now online.

About the User Survey
Conducted semiannually since April 2013, the survey is used to better understand attitudes, organizational profiles, use cases, and technology choices across the OpenStack community. Responses are voluntary and comprise 1,603 community members and 405 deployments. Results are not a statistical reflection of all OpenStack deployments worldwide. This survey represents 1,111 organizations participating, a 25 percent increase over the last survey, and the most responses ever to a single survey.

About OpenStack®
OpenStack® is the most widely deployed open source software for building public and private clouds. In use globally at large and small enterprises, telecoms, service providers, and government/research agencies, OpenStack is a technology integration engine that supports the diverse ecosystem of cloud computing innovation. Nearly 600 companies and 38,000 individuals globally support the project. Current news and alerts signup at:


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Lauren Sell
Vice President of Marketing, OpenStack Foundation
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