OpenStack Remains Supreme in Open Source Cloud Market

When you think of open source cloud computing, you most likely think of one name: OpenStack. The open source project dominates the market and its rapid adoption rate is leaving other open source cloud software behind. Research statistics provided by Zenoss in its new study entitled 2014 State of Open Source Cloud highlights OpenStack’s rise to prominence within the cloud computing arena. The report also discusses the decline of other private open source cloud software such as CloudStack and Eucalyptus.

OpenStack, a project primarily cooked up by RackSpace and researchers at NASA back in 2005, has matured into a solution used by industries all around the world. OpenStack’s implementation has exploded over the past few years. The Zenoss survey mentions that 43% of the 376 respondents queried said that they use an open source private cloud. When you dig deeper into that number, nearly 70% of those using an open source cloud decided to use OpenStack. Other key indicators can be taken from the survey results such as organization’s willingness to adopt cloud solutions in 2014 versus 2012 when data showed that organizations were more apprehensive about cloud computing.

In 2012, OpenStack had 51% of the open source cloud market. The Zenoss survey finds that OpenStack is getting stronger with a 69% adoption rate for those wanting to implement private, open source cloud in 2014. During the same time frame, CloudStack’s grip on the market shrunk from 18% to 14% while Eucalyptus went from 9% all the way down to 3%. The report goes on to mention that organizations wanting to implement open source private cloud emphatically pick OpenStack over the rest of the field. Zenoss said that 86% of those looking for private, open source clouds are leaning towards selecting OpenStack.

In the executive summary of the Zenoss’s findings about other open source cloud operating systems, the report mentions that “CloudStack appears to be losing ground, and the future of Eucalyptus is somewhat uncertain due to its recent acquisition by HP.”