In a recent blog post, I talked about the excitement that is growing around OpenStack and why you should be thinking about it. OpenStack is supported by tens of thousands of community members and more than 500 companies, and provides the foundation of a flexible private cloud that is gaining support across the business landscape. Cloud-centric companies, such as Netflix and Uber, have shown that fast innovation of digital services is key to surviving in today’s increasingly competitive business environment. But many cloud initiatives fail to deliver value simply because they’re implemented as cost-saving IT projects. Companies should instead view a private-cloud initiative as part of a larger organizational transformation because it can increase revenue and innovation while decreasing operational costs.
An OpenStack private cloud can provide an agile, API-accessible infrastructure foundation that lets developers integrate infrastructure directly into their application development, and provides the means to enable automated deployment. Companies can use an OpenStack foundation to transform their entire development and deployment process, which can lead to faster innovation of new digital services.
Mirantis, an Intel partner and a pure-play OpenStack company, suggests that companies follow an executive-driven, multi-phase approach to develop and implement a cloud strategy. These phases start with a small implementation that provides continuous integration and self-service capabilities, and then grows the OpenStack private cloud to a large implementation that additionally provides greater scalability and high availability. Each phase should contain measurable success metrics that validate your project’s return on investment (ROI), such as increased revenue from accelerated software development cycles, or increased developer productivity through deployment automation. Mirantis provides tools that are built on OpenStack itself to help you determine, in real-time, the value that your OpenStack private cloud is generating for your company, such as the revenue generated from accelerated deployments.
Remember that the real value in the cloud comes from how it enables fast innovation, not just its cost savings. Read our white paper, “The Business Case for Private Cloud,” to learn how to more effectively structure your private-cloud implementation. And for the latest information on private cloud technologies, be sure to follow me, @TimIntel, and my growing #techtim community on Twitter.