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Tuesday, 02 February 2016 16:06

OpenStack is the defacto standard for cloud in the UK

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Private cloud is main stream and OpenStack is the chosen standard with 80% of senior IT professionals having moved or planning to move to OpenStack in the future.

A new study by SUSE looking at private cloud and OpenStack adoption in the UK finds found that private cloud is main stream with the majority (88%) of UK companies already implementing at least one private cloud within their business. Also any doubts about security are now just distant memories with 96% of UK respondents trusting a cloud solution for business-critical workloads.

However, not everything is rosy in the cloud garden. Almost half of UK enterprises surveyed that tried to implement an OpenStack cloud have failed, and more than half (57%) report they have found the implementation experience difficult. In addition, 30% plan to download and install OpenStack software themselves, potentially adding to the degree of difficulty

Danny Rowark, country manager, UK & Ireland at survey sponsor SUSE explains some of the reasons behind this move to an open source solution like OpenStack. “This new report clearly demonstrates that UK businesses are keen to adopt private cloud, even for business-critical workloads. However, it’s important that IT departments are able to overcome the complexities that continue to arise here. With cost as a primary motivator for UK businesses to move to the cloud, an open source solution can play a key role in enabling organisations to implement a private cloud solution – reducing costs, driving innovation and agility, as well as providing freedom from vendor lock-in.”

The survey also registered the complexities faced by UK businesses in delivering OpenStack. Most of the respondents (91%) had concerns about vendor lock-in when it comes to choosing a private infrastructure cloud solution. With the majority (89%) worrying that a chronic lack of available skillsets in the market is making their company reluctant to pursue private cloud further.

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