The OpenStack market at a glance

Make or Buy?

The market offers a variety of options for accessing OpenStack. If you really want to, you can start with the sources and build everything yourself. Somewhat more convenient are the community distributions of Linux and the OpenStack versions they integrate.

In enterprise environments, users are spoiled with even more choices. Commercial OpenStack distributions let you build a cloud in your own IT environment. If you don't have the space to do so, hosting service providers are waiting in the wings with suitable offerings.

Last but not least are vendors for the public cloud that rely on OpenStack behind the scenes. Of course, you can also arbitrarily combine the different offerings. Many roads lead to OpenStack; you only need to walk down them.

Infos

  1. OpenStack: http://www.openstack.org
  2. Rackspace: http://www.rackspace.com
  3. NASA: http://www.nasa.gov
  4. Cloud computing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloud_computing
  5. OpenStack releases: http://wiki.openstack.org/wiki/Releases
  6. Folsom how-to: http://wiki.debian.org/OpenStackHowto/Folsom
  7. Canonical joins OpenStack: http://blog.canonical.com/2011/02/03/canonical-joins-the-openstack-community/
  8. Red Hat Enterprise OpenStack preview: http://www.redhat.com/en/technologies/linux-platforms/openstack-platform
  9. SUSE Enterprise Private Cloud: https://www.suse.com/promo/susecloud.html
  10. OpenStack supporters: http://www.openstack.org/foundation/companies/
  11. OpenStack Foundation: http://www.openstack.org/blog/2012/07/join-the-openstack-foundation/
  12. Join OpenStack: http://www.openstack.org/join
  13. OpenStack marketplace: http://www.openstack.org/marketplace/distros/
  14. OpenStack hypervisors: http://docs.openstack.org/juno/config-reference/content/section_compute-hypervisors.html
  15. KVM: http://www.linux-kvm.org
  16. Xen: http://www.xenproject.org
  17. VMware: http://www.vmware.com
  18. Microsoft virtualization: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/solutions/virtualization.aspx
  19. Linux containers: http://linuxcontainers.org
  20. Docker: http://www.docker.com
  21. OpenStack and Docker: http://wiki.openstack.org/wiki/Docker
  22. OpenSUSE: http://www.opensuse.org/en/
  23. openSUSE OpenStack: http://en.opensuse.org/Portal:OpenStack
  24. Fedora: http://fedoraproject.org
  25. Fedora OpenStack: http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/OpenStack
  26. OpenStack public clouds: http://www.openstack.org/marketplace/public-clouds/
  27. Rackspace developer portal: http://developer.rackspace.com
  28. OpenStack-hosted private clouds: http://www.openstack.org/marketplace/hosted-private-clouds/

The Author

Udo Seidel is a Math and Physics Teacher and has been a Linux fan since 1996. After graduating, he worked as a Linux/Unix trainer, system administrator, and senior solution engineer. Today he is section manager of the Linux strategy team at Amadeus Data Processing GmbH in Erding, Germany.

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