Hosted private clouds have become a popular option for users that want to consume OpenStack cloud infrastructure with a230% increase in the last year.
According to Forrester Research: “...the top reported drivers for cloud adoption among enterprise hardware decision-makers using or planning to use hosted private cloud included lowering total cost of ownership (TCO), improved manageability of resources, on-demand capacity, and improved disaster recovery.”
The reasons for the growth in hosted private clouds are down to a few reasons:
Low barrier to entry with little to no upfront capital expenditure
Deployment speeds that are comparable to public cloud provisioning
Control over physical infrastructure location, isolated hardware, and policies to meet data sovereignty and security requirements
Minimal responsibility for operating the physical infrastructure and operational aspects such as cloud software upgrades, driver updates, scale out management, etc.
To cater for the rise in interest in private cloud the OpenStack Foundation has expanded its popular OpenStack Marketplace vendor comparison site – launched in May 2014 - with a new Hosted Private Cloud category.
The new Hosted Private Cloud category joins Training, Consulting Services, Distributions & Appliances, Public Clouds and Drivers, and includes detailed information about offerings from Aptira, AURO, Blue Box, IBM, DataCentred, Metacloud, Mirantis, Morphlabs, Rackspace and UnitedStack.