Opening the Door to OpenStack in the Enterprise

In recent years, OpenStack has emerged as the leading open source project to deliver a cloud operating system. OpenStack is used today by cloud service providers around the world, but has had less adoption in traditional enterprise IT. Enterprise cloud adoption has been stifled by complexity, lack of software support and gaps in open source enterprise-grade features. Many enterprises have found OpenStack to be complex to deploy but even more importantly, a fragmented solution from various partners, creating installation and maintenance concerns.

At Intel, we are working actively with our ecosystem partners to address these challenges, and to open the door to OpenStack in the Enterprise. That’s the goal of the Intel Cloud for All Initiative, which is designed to accelerate cloud adoption by making public, private, and hybrid cloud solutions easier to deploy and easier to maintain. The ultimate goal is to help all businesses take advantage of cloud benefits to deliver new capabilities that will enable them to compete at scale in the digital economy.

And guess what? Together with our partners, we are making real progress in the push to bring OpenStack to the enterprise. Some of these efforts are being showcased in announcements and demos this week at the OpenStack Summit in Tokyo. These activities make it clear that OpenStack now has the partner ecosystem necessary to become a platform for general use inside the enterprise data centers.  Key announcements from major manufacturers and software providers are going to level the field for IT organizations.

In one announcement, Red Hat and Lenovo let the industry know that they are extending their partnership to include OpenStack. As part of this partnership, Lenovo is releasing a cloud architecture using the Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform.  This partnership, in conjunction with Lenovo joining the Red Hat and Intel on-ramp program, will enable enterprise IT organizations to purchase, deploy, and support this platform easier than ever before.

HP and Intel announced at the OpenStack Summit that they are expanding their collaboration to bring OpenStack into the enterprise. This collaboration features joint engineering to deliver upstream contributions to OpenStack, and proof-of-concept testing on top of OpenStack use cases. HP and Intel plan to add customer proofs of concept and trial opportunities to accelerate deployments of OpenStack solutions in the enterprise. Collaborations like these build on the work being done through the Intel Cloud for All Initiative

In other news from the OpenStack Summit, Cisco unveiled its plan to release new Cisco Validated Designs that offer proven processes and tested configurations to reduce the complexity of deploying OpenStack. The Cisco Validated Designs, jointly developed with Red Hat and Intel, combine the capabilities of Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure with the most recent OpenStack distribution from Red Hat, which will help organizations more easily and quickly deploy OpenStack private clouds.

It has taken a journey of several years to mature and enable this open source platform for general use inside of most IT shops. But now the initial barriers of entry for the enterprise are beginning to fall, thanks to a growing OpenStack ecosystem, robust industry partnerships, and an expanding menu of enabling technologies.  Given these very significant steps forward, it’s time for enterprises to reassess OpenStack.