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Remotely Managed Private Cloud Emerges as Popular Model for Consuming OpenStack Infrastructure

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OpenStack Marketplace launches new ‘Remotely Managed Private Cloud’ category, delivering Day 1 value, cost savings, and public cloud experience on premises

BOSTON // May 8, 2017 —OpenStack Summit Boston — Smart organizations are getting sophisticated about workload placement across public and private clouds based on the Three C’s—capabilities, compliance and cost, said Jonathan Bryce, executive director of the OpenStack Foundation during his opening address today at the OpenStack Summit. The OpenStack ecosystem is evolving to deliver private cloud infrastructure in new ways, including Private Cloud-as-a-Service (PCaaS), remotely managed in a user’s data center of choice.

During the OpenStack Summit keynotes, GE Healthcare presented the benefits of Private Cloud-as-a-Service through their partnership with Rackspace. According to Patrick Weeks, senior director of digital operations for GE Digital, “The remotely managed OpenStack solution provided the most flexible solution to drive applications to a cloud environment while protecting sensitive data and benefiting from access to internal applications on our private network."

The OpenStack Foundation today announced a new category within the OpenStack Marketplace to feature vendors who offer remotely managed private cloud solutions powered by OpenStack. The OpenStack Marketplace allows users to research and compare products and services from the OpenStack ecosystem, according to criteria such as interoperability tests, API versions, regional availability and hardware requirements. OpenStack service providers featured in the new Remotely Managed Private Cloud category include:

  • Aptira Managed Cloud
  • Canonical BootStack 
  • Cisco Metacloud
  • EasyStack ESCaaS
  • IBM Bluemix Private Cloud Local
  • Mirantis Managed OpenStack
  • Platform9 Managed OpenStack
  • Rackspace OpenStack Private Cloud
  • UnitedStack UOS

Whether on-premises or hosted in the service provider’s data center, PCaaS means that the vendor is responsible for architecting, monitoring, patching and upgrading the OpenStack infrastructure. In turn, enterprises do not have to hire a team to manage the infrastructure behind their firewall. At the same time, they benefit from OpenStack’s open APIs and competitive ecosystem, and experience significant cost savings versus traditional infrastructure. Users can even achieve substantial savings over public cloud as scale increases and workloads stabilize.

“Public cloud gives you value on day 1,” said Lauren Nelson, principal analyst at Forrester Research. “Enterprises have struggled with DIY approaches where it takes a long time to learn the technology, build and integrate, and develop the new processes to support it. It may take years before general developer access is granted. In 2017, enterprises are looking for a day 1 private cloud. Converged and/or remotely managed private cloud problem-solves for this fundamental issue that has stalled productivity and adoption. This delivers the real speed of public but with the benefits of a local cloud.”

Arturo Suarez, BootStack product manager, Canonical, said, "Canonical BootStack pioneered the Build, Operate, (Optionally) Transfer model of consuming OpenStack, allowing enterprises and telcos like Tele2 to overcome complexity by providing a reliable cloud, fully operated, so customers can focus on workloads.”

“With OpenStack traction evolving from early adopters to mainstream enterprise, there is an increasing need for a fast, easy and predictable model to run OpenStack,” said Sirish Raghuram, chief executive officer at Platform9. “As evidenced by marquee recent customer wins Platform9 is announcing today based on our OpenStack-as-a-service offering, remotely managed OpenStack is the right approach by the foundation to further accelerate mainstream OpenStack adoption.”

"Thanks to EasyStack’s remotely managed private cloud solution, we get great agility for business, and our people are dramatically reduced from daily operations since Day 1,” said Xiangdong Pei, IT department manager of TIANHE-CLOUD. “Thus we can focus more on business innovation."

About OpenStack Summit Boston
Thousands of participants from 60+ countries are attending OpenStack Summit Boston this week to discuss how to combine open source technologies including programmable infrastructure and container orchestration frameworks to deliver speed, agility and cost savings. Users from Bloomberg, China Mobile, Department of International Trade for the UK, Fidelity, Gap, Google, Harvard, MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, US Army Cyber School and Verizon are speaking. Headline sponsors are Intel, Mirantis, Deutsche Telekom and Red Hat. Videos will be posted at

About OpenStack®
OpenStack is the most widely deployed software for public and private clouds, with more than 5 million cores in production. It has become a standard for private clouds and is also available via dozens of public cloud providers globally. At its core, OpenStack is an open source integration engine that provides APIs to orchestrate bare metal, virtual machine and container resources on a single network. The same OpenStack code powers a global network of public and private clouds backed by the largest ecosystem of technology providers, to enable cost savings, control and portability.

OpenStack is a global community of more than 73,000 individuals across 185 countries supported by the OpenStack Foundation, which facilitates the development of many innovative projects in the open infrastructure space. The community delivers two software releases each year, which are Apache 2 licensed and productized by a large ecosystem of technology vendors in our Marketplace. For more information and to join the community, visit


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