Report Notes OpenStack Gaining Traction with Telcos, and In Europe

by Ostatic Staff - Jan. 12, 2017

The OpenStack cloud computing platform is evolving in a number of notable new directions, notes Forrester's report OpenStack's Global Traction Expands For Its Newton Release. In particular, the report notes that OpenStack is gaining traction as a public cloud solution, and much of that trend is playing out in Europe. Additionally, telcos are flocking to OpenStack, says Forrester.

Here are more details.

“In the past year, telcos like CableLabs, SK Telecom, and Verizon have shelved their previous objections to the Neutron networking project and flocked to the OpenStack community, contributing features like Doctor,” notes the report. “Leading infrastructure & operations (I&O) professionals, application developers, and CIOs at firms like American Express, Disney, and Walmart have embraced OpenStack for their digital businesses. It’s the foundation of many private (and, increasingly, of many public) cloud services that give your company the agility it needs to respond to customer demand, from core systems to the mobile apps that deliver differentiated customer experiences.”

The report from Forrester Research also examines:

OpenStack growth among public cloud providers, which now includes 21 self-reported public providers globally. (Note: OpenStack Foundation data adds that these clouds are located in a combined 66 datacenters across 53 cities globally.)

How, “for some, OpenStack underpins a bigger effort to transform the network with network function virtualization (NFV).”

How “the Newton release focuses on container support and simple network requests. Magnum has expanded its scope to offer other orchestration cluster tools, including Docker Swarm, Kubernetes, and Mesos with either VM or bare metal.”

In 2017, OpenStack will find new frontiers as a public and private cloud solution. Forrester has noted that at many organizatios OpenStack is driving efforts to integrate network function virtualization (NFV) with the Newton release, emphasizing container support and simple network requests.

And, the OpenStack API service, Magnum has expanded its scope to work with other orchestration cluster tools, such as Docker Swarm, Kubernetes, and Mesos with either VM or bare metal.

You can find additional research resources here:

Adoption Resources

OpenStack enterprise user success stories—Use cases from production deployments.

User Survey—Twice-annual update showing software usage trends.

451 Research News Release—Data points regarding enterprise use of the software.

  • Red Hat Survey—Blog post referencing internal research by Red Hat showing that 42 percent of Red Hat customers are using OpenStack.