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7 Bold OpenStack Predictions for 2014

Editor’s Note – We’re continuing our week-long series of predictions for 2014. While yesterday’s infrastructure post included a prediction on deepening Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) adoption among enterprise customers, no series of predictions from Red Hat for the coming year would be complete without a deeper look at our expectations for OpenStack. Enjoy!



OpenStack in 2014: Ready for enterprise adoption.

OpenStack is in 2013 what Amazon was in 2008/2009 - people are very interested but they are not spending money to use OpenStack in enterprise IT environments yet. 2014 should change that as the solution has matured and people are readier to embrace it. OpenStack is now enterprise-ready with stable, reliable versions, and that, combined with the support available from the OpenStack ecosystem, will lead to further adoption of OpenStack in the enterprise.

- Krishnan Subramaniam, director, OpenShift strategy, Red Hat



2014: The Year of the OpenStack Ecosystem

2014 will be the year of the enterprise OpenStack ecosystem. Hardware and software providers will have more products in the market backed by certifications for a peace of mind value proposition. Given the focus on “as-a-service” solutions there will be a new range of offerings that will be created with OpenStack as a fabric for the datacenter. Finally, I expect that large system integrators will add OpenStack to their service offerings in 2014.

- Radhesh Balakrishnan, general manager, Virtualization and OpenStack, Red Hat



A select few enterprise OpenStack distributions – and providers – will rise to the top.

In 2013 we saw the proliferation of OpenStack distributions, to the point where it feels very similar to the early days of Linux – everyone seems to have a Linux distribution. In 2014, we're going to see OpenStack distributions collapse. That's because it's not enough to just repackage bits; providers need really broad and deep knowledge of both OpenStack and Linux. Customers will look toward the organizations that have this deep knowledge as they seek credible solutions that combine OpenStack and Linux. The few companies that have the ability to offer tight integration between the two will be the last ones left standing.

- Chuck Dubuque, director, Product Marketing, Virtualization and OpenStack, Red Hat



Telco companies, Banks, and Government Agencies will embrace OpenStack.

In the coming year, the public sector and other highly regulated industries, such as financial, will reach the stage of production deployments of enterprise-grade OpenStack. Security will continue to be an aspect that these industries need to address as they move to the cloud. Driven by security, privacy and compliance needs, the public sector and financial industries will turn to OpenStack to keep their most confidential data with them.

- Radhesh Balakrishnan, general manager, Virtualization and OpenStack, Red Hat



In 2014, OpenStack will make its way into the infrastructure of many large stakeholders. I’ll be bold and predict that within the next year, we’ll see OpenStack in five out of the top ten banks and eight out of the top ten telcos.

- Bryan Che, general manager, Red Hat CloudForms



2014 will be the year where telecommunications-specific OpenStack offerings will enter in the marketplace and be adopted.

-Radhesh Balakrishnan, general manager, Virtualization and OpenStack, Red Hat



Hybrid cloud management – including OpenStack – will be in-demand.

As enterprises move OpenStack deployments out of a testing environment into a realtime, enterprise deployment environment, they need to be able to manage it. This year, Red Hat debuted CloudForms 3.0 with OpenStack management capabilities, and we are looking forward to developing those capabilities further in 2014. Looking at current data and analyst reports, cloud management is cited as the number one problem enterprises face when they are looking to mobilize their cloud computing resources. 2014 will be the year where large-scale cloud deployments are managed with enterprise-class cloud management solutions, such as Red Hat CloudForms.

- Bryan Che, general manager, Red Hat CloudForms



Continued reinforcement of PaaS and OpenStack interoperability.

In 2014, interoperability between Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offerings and OpenStack will continue to be reinforced. Many people believe OpenStack will replace PaaS. In reality, the two are complementary – PaaS generates workloads, while OpenStack offers a place to store them. We're going to continue to work toward tighter integration and better operability between PaaS and OpenStack.

- Chuck Dubuque, director, Product Marketing, Virtualization and OpenStack, Red Hat