With the next OpenStack Summit happening in Vancouver this May, the open-source cloud computing software platform continues to grow in popularity and capabilities—and with good reasons.
A joint initiative launched in 2010 by Rackspace and NASA a with mission of becoming the ubiquitous cloud computing platform, the ecosystem around the OpenStack platform has grown to include more than 463 supporting companies and a thriving community of developers. The OpenStack Foundation, which promotes the development, distribution and adoption of the OpenStack cloud operating system, has already attracted more than 9,500 individual members from 100 countries and 850 different organizations while securing more than $10 million in funding.
But what’s driving this platform’s popularity?
With more and more customer-facing apps and in-office functions being moved to the public cloud, this adoption is not undertaken without some reluctance. Enterprise cloud certainly continues to grow in popularity due to the speed, agility and cost improvements it brings; however, proprietary clouds also come with a fear of technology lock-in.
But thanks to OpenStack, it doesn’t need to be that way. Canadian cloud computing provider AURO Cloud recently published a white paper, Removing Vendor Lock-In from your Cloud, that looks at the current state of enterprise cloud, how vendor lock-in impacts business and how it can be avoided. The document presents how to resolve issues of reliability, availability, scalability and affordability without the requirement of vendor lock-in, allowing enterprises to switch platforms or service providers without prohibitive cost and time demands created by proprietary platforms.
This January, the enterprise cloud provider announced the general availability of Windows and Microsoft SQL Server on its OpenStack-based cloud computing platform in a bid to make it still easier for Canadian enterprises to embrace the benefits of the public cloud.
“We’re constantly looking for ways to increase the flexibility and choices customers can find with our Canadian Cloud Computing platform. By adding Microsoft’s Server products, we are opening up the Canadian Cloud to businesses and enterprises who are ready to make the move into the cloud, but have been unable to, due to cloud limitations,” said Matt McKinney, Chief Strategy Officer at AURO. “Whether it is cloud onboarding, Windows Server support, or highly reliable cloud infrastructure, AURO focuses on making Canadian Cloud Computing available to everyone.”