OpenStack is a set of cloud computing software tools that can be used for building and maintaining both private and public clouds. It can customized per storage needs. Moreover, it can be used as IAAS (Infrastructure as a Service), PAAS (Platform as a Service) or SAAS (System as Service).
OpenStack is increasingly the preferred choice for building private clouds because it is comparatively low cost and open source. OpenStack is free so there is no cost for acquiring the software. The latter ensures that organizations can continue to benefit from the code that developers all over the world, make for OpenStack. Currently, OpenStack has over 20 million lines of code. Globally, developers are constantly working to create innovations and improve efficiency.
Using OpenStack thus eliminates the chance of vendor lock-in and ensures that the client has a future-proofed open cloud system. The client will always have the choice to tweak the software according to their growing needs and specifications. OpenStack ensures full customization of the cloud according to client’s needs. It can also be used in conjunction with EXCSi, Hyper V or Citrix Zen.
A private cloud on OpenStack can accelerate the responsiveness of the data environment. Companies like Volkswagen are known to use OpenStack for building private data clouds. They prefer OpenStack due to its radically fast processing speeds. OpenStack is also used and supported by industry giants such as IBM and Linux. IBM finds it particularly suitable because of its inter-operability. Moreover, OpenStack’s ecosystem offers a wide array of apps, giving clients plenty of choice.
OpenStack is also massively scalable. A number of organizations have merged their cloud hosting app with OpenStack code and the resulting product is cheaper than many of the commercial alternatives. OpenStack’s Horizon component is the most important part and is the dashboard through which users and administrators interact with the open cloud interface. Other components allow administrators to deploy and use a number of features such as controls, storage and access.