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OpenStack In 2013: By The Numbers

Cost savings, operational efficiency and the open platform are the three key business drivers for OpenStack clouds, according to survey results released at OpenStack Summit Hong Kong by the OpenStack User Committee and the OpenStack Foundation.

Rounding out the top five business drivers are flexibility of underlying tech choices and the ability to innovate and compete.

The survey drew 822 responses across 56 countries and found that the top five countries with OpenStack deployments are the U.S., India, China, France and Canada.

Additionally, the top 10 industries using OpenStack are IT; academic, research and education; telecommunications; film, media and entertainment; government and defense; manufacturing and industrial; retail; healthcare; finance; and consumer goods. The majority of respondents, 26 percent, are from companies with one to 20 employees, followed by 21 percent with 10,000 or more employees.

The top five development tools for OpenStack users are Puppet, Devstack, Chef, Pack Stack and Crowbar and Saltstack, which tied for fifth. And, from a technical perspective, the top 10 workloads deployed on OpenStack are:

  1. Web services
  2. QA test environments
  3. Databases
  4. Research
  5. Continuous Integration and automated testing
  6. Storage and backup
  7. Virtual desktops
  8. Data mining, big data and Hadoop
  9. Management and monitoring systems
  10. High-performance computing (HPC)

And when it comes to what type of OpenStack deployments users are leveraging, 60 percent are using on-premise private clouds; 17 percent are using hosted private clouds; 15 percent are using public cloud; 6 percent are using hybrid cloud; and 2 percent are using community clouds.

You can check out the full report from the OpenStack User Committee and a handy infographic here.

For more coverage from OpenStack Summit Hong Kong, click here.

About the Author

This is a post written and contributed by Andrew Hickey.

Andrew Hickey is chief blog editor at Rackspace, a role in which he helps Rackers, customers and partners tell their stories. Andrew comes to Rackspace following many years as a journalist, more than half of which were spent covering high tech and Rackspace. When not writing, Andrew enjoys spending time with his wife and his dog, and spinning punk rock vinyl. If you have an idea for the Rackspace Blog, track down Andrew at andrew.hickey@rackspace.com.


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