A common misconception in some cloud circles is that OpenStack, the open source cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS), is in decline. Nothing is further from the truth. He is alive, healthy and growing fast. According to the 2022 OpenStack User Survey, OpenStack currently has over 40 million working cores. Or to put it another way, it’s up 60% since 2021 and jumped 166% since 2020. Not bad for a so-called dying person, right?
OpenStack has become the backbone of major telephone operators, not only in the telecommunications industry. But there are other big companies, such as Japan’s LINE instant messaging service, Workday, which provides on-demand cloud financial management services, and Yahoo. Many other, much smaller companies have also bet on OpenStack to secure their cloud future.
Why ? There are many reasons. As Jonathan Bryce, Executive Director of the Open Infrastructure Foundation (OpenInfra Foundation), OpenStack’s parent organization, said, “OpenStack supports the ever-changing world of infrastructure, where we now have GPUs, FPGAs, smart NICs, and smart storage. At the same time, you can still access the underlying hardware directly.” This in turn allows “OpenStack users to create amazing things like cloud workloads in the cloud telecom industry that can do edge computing video transcoding. With this, people can watch 4K videos on their smartphones using 5G.”
The Power of the Kubernetes/OpenStack Pair
Another reason for the growing popularity of OpenStack is its integration with Kubernetes.
With the Linux OpenStack Kubernetes Infrastructure (LOKI), Kubernetes is now deployed in more than 85% of OpenStack deployments. Also gaining popularity is Magnum, the OpenStack container orchestration service. 21% of users use it to run workloads. However, Kubernetes remains the best choice. 73% of users rely on classic Kubernetes and 12% use Kubernetes through the Red Hat Kubernetes OpenShift distribution.
Red Hat also supports OpenStack. As Maria Bracho, Head of Product Management at Red Hat, said, “Over the past two years, more and more customers have been using OpenStack and OpenShift together in various deployment models. At Red Hat, we’ve done a great job of ensuring that these platforms can be used together so that users are no longer faced with the choice between one platform and the other, but can freely and confidently choose the configuration that best suits their current and future needs.”
Kubernetes is also very useful for hybrid clouds. And OpenStack is often used in hybrid clouds. In fact, 80% of OpenStack users deploy it in hybrid clouds. To facilitate the creation of hybrid clouds, operators are turning to Octavia, an open source load balancing program. Today, almost 50% of OpenStack deployments use Octavia.
“The hype is good, but it’s not easy, and the number of OpenStack deployments continues to grow at a staggering rate. The OpenStack community proves that it is not only alive and well, but also brings undeniable benefits to organizations,” summarizes Thierry Carrez, Managing Director. OpenInfra Foundation,