OpenStack Adoption, Deployments Surge
November 9, 2017
conducted by five organizations, including the OpenStack
Foundation User Survey, document acceleration of OpenStack
adoption across industries and regions, and attest to the open
source software’s “essential” role in multi-cloud environments,
NFV and IoT/edge computing.
• In the OpenStack User Survey, respondents indicated that users
from 48 percent of deployments are also interacting with another
cloud. Additionally, the diversity of users was demonstrated in
year-over-year analysis showing growth among non-IT, mainstream
industries, including significant growth among the financial and
government industries, as well as growth in research, retail and
• A Cloudify-sponsored survey of nearly 700 enterprise cloud
professionals found that OpenStack was the most widely deployed
cloud infrastructure. Results also upheld the multi-cloud trend
demonstrated in the User Survey, reporting that 51 percent of
organizations are deploying more than one cloud and the second
most popular two-cloud combination is AWS and OpenStack.
• In a recent SDxCentral report, 87 percent of respondents said
that OpenStack would be used to manage edge infrastructure.
• A Heavy Reading survey focused on telecom operators found that
96 percent of those who already deploying an NFV strategy find
OpenStack essential or important.
• A SUSE-sponsored survey of more than 1,400 senior IT
professionals found that OpenStack is in production in 23
percent of organizations (up from 15 percent in 2015). A total
of 82 percent are using or plan to use OpenStack in the future.
The OpenStack Foundation’s tenth User Survey was released today
at the OpenStack Summit in Sydney. Nearly 1,000 unique OpenStack
deployments were completed in 2017, a 95 percent increase
compared to 2016. Nearly half (48 percent) of the survey
respondents reported that users of their OpenStack deployment
also interact with another cloud, demonstrating the multi-cloud
trend highlighted by recent OpenStack case studies published by
Workday, GE Healthcare and Adobe Advertising Cloud.
Surge of OpenStack Adoption and Deployment
SUSE’s survey found that OpenStack is in production in 23
percent of organizations (up from 15 percent in 2016). In
addition, 37 percent are testing and 22 percent expect to do so
in the next 12 months, meaning a total of 82 percent are using
or plan to use OpenStack.
Likewise, Heavy Reading’s survey reports that engagement with
OpenStack is on the rise, with 84 percent of respondents saying
they are actively engaged with or following the project, up from
74 percent from last year, and the percent contributing directly
to the project grew from 17 percent to 21 percent.
The OpenStack User Survey reports growth of users among
mainstream, non-IT industries, indicated by a significant
increase in responses among finance industry and government
users from 2016 to 2017, in addition to increases in industries
like telecom and research.
OpenStack User Survey participation grew significantly in Asia,
and particularly in China, which comprised 17 percent of overall
respondents in 2017 as compared to 5 percent in 2016. Likely
contributing to this increase was the availability of the survey
in seven additional languages for the first time, which enabled
more users in Asia to take the survey.
Accelerated Use of Multi-Cloud Strategies
Cloudify reports that half of the organizations that responded
to its survey are managing more than one cloud, with close to 9
percent of them deployed across five clouds or more. The most
popular two-cloud combination is AWS and Azure, suggesting that
organizations are using public/public multi-clouds in order to
avoid vendor lock-in. The second most popular two-cloud
combination is AWS and OpenStack.
According to SUSE’s survey, the preferred cloud services for
business critical workloads are private cloud (43 percent) and
hybrid cloud (42 percent). The use of cloud is expected to grow
over the next two years; this is particularly the case for
hybrid (66 percent) and private cloud (55 percent), with 36
percent seeing public cloud growing in this timeframe.
Eighty-nine percent of SUSE’s survey respondents would ideally
like to go from development in public cloud to production in
their own private cloud. Key reasons are security (63 percent),
data sovereignty (52 percent) and performance issues (52
percent), followed by cost (30 percent).
OpenStack Considered Essential for NFV and Edge Computing
to Heavy Reading, a large majority (84 percent) of CSPs say that
OpenStack is essential or important to their company’s success.
CSPs who are already implementing their NFV and cloud strategies
are even more positive, with 96 percent and 85 percent
respectively saying it is essential or important.
In SDxCentral’s 2017 Edge Computing and MEC Report, 87 percent
of respondents selected OpenStack as the software that will be
used to manage edge infrastructure. Verizon is among the users
who are deploying OpenStack at the edge.
Containers Lead the Way
In the OpenStack User Survey, production usage of Ironic bare
metal services saw significant growth—increasing from 9 percent
to 20 percent since the last report six months ago. This
increase is especially notable, as more users such as eBay and
Commonwealth Bank are running container orchestration frameworks
on OpenStack bare metal.
Nearly half of all deployments reported using a PaaS or CaaS
tool to manage applications on top of their OpenStack clouds,
and Kubernetes remains the top application framework on