The State of the Open Source Cloud 2012

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Zenoss polled its more than 100,000 community members to determine the prevailing sentiments concerning open source cloud deployments, the perceived advantages and disadvantages of this technology as well as to gain insight into future open cloud deployments within IT departments. 

Zenoss conducted this survey during the 3rd quarter of 2012 to quantify and characterize current data center virtualization and cloud computing usage. 628 members of the Zenoss open source IT management community took part, representing everyone from CIOs to system administrators, architects, developers and network engineers.

Highlights from the survey include:

Maturity Hampers the Deployment of Open Clouds

  • 82.8% of respondents said they are not using an open cloud.
  • Maturity (38.4%), lack of support (30.7%), and security (28.7%) were most commonly selected as reasons why respondents are not using an open source cloud.

OpenStack Dominates Adoption Plans but CloudStack and Eucalyptus in the Hunt

  • Of those considering deploying an open cloud 63.2% are looking at OpenStack, 47% are looking at CloudStack, and 23.5% are looking at Eucalyptus.

Open Cloud’s Future is Bright

  • 57% of respondents said they are thinking of deploying an open source cloud in the future, 41.2% of these expect to do so in 1 – 2 years.
  • The top 3 aspects of an open source cloud solution deemed most important by respondents include efficiency & performance of virtualization technology (75.1%), project’s use of a preferred open source license (52.1%), and quality of community ecosystem (64.3%).