What is OpenStack?

OpenStack is a set of software tools that helps in building and managing cloud computing platforms for public and private clouds. OpenStack is considered as the future of cloud computing.

OpenStack is an open source software, anyone who chooses to can access the source code, make the changes or modification they need and share the changes back to community at large. OpenStack has grown and developed over the past four years, to the point where it is now garnering serious attention from IT executives and developers around the world.

Some of the benefits of OpenStack include:

1.Flexibility and versatility:This is a key benefit of OpenStack. The different modes in Open Stack helps all organisations from startups to large multinational corportations.

2.Agility:The transparent nature of Open Stack means users can deploy systems with ease and speed irrespective of the cloud platfform that is being used.

3.A collaborative, open source environment:This feature helps users can tweak and configure the system in the way that is most beneficial for their business.

4.No lock-in: With OpenStack users have the freedom without the fear of being locked in to one service and one set of hardware.

5.Security:OpenStack has very robust role-based access controls. Access and resource utilization can be controlled at the level of users, roles, and projects.

Some of the top benefits cited for use of OpenStack in organisations were greater automation (18 percent), improved agility to meet customer and business demands (17 percent), and lower costs(15 percent).


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