Private Cloud Platform
Now that the enterprise has gotten its feet wet in the cloud, the race is on to control and ultimately optimize cloud architectures in support of emerging data-driven business models.
A key element in this process is the development of the private cloud, which in turn leads to hybrid clouds and the broad scalability and dynamic data functionality that are the foundation of the new IT paradigm.
But many organizations are caught in a quandary when either building private clouds from scratch or converting legacy infrastructure to support cloud architectures: Which platform should you support? This is nothing new, of course; platform options have been around since the dawn of the enterprise. But this time, the ramifications could be far-reaching, because those that choose a system that ultimately proves unworkable will be at a distinct disadvantage as the digital economy progresses.
Many organizations are turning to OpenStack for their private clouds. This makes a lot of sense considering an open platform will supposedly have a high degree of interoperability with cloud architectures elsewhere, which is likely to be crucial as data environments scale across geographic regions. OpenStack is still undergoing development pains, to be sure, but you can say the same of any proprietary solution as well, and as Forrester pointed out recently, OpenStack is likely to be the most flexible option going forward with a constantly expanding set of plug-ins for both proprietary and non-proprietary solutions.