UPDATE: Here at the Openstack conference in Austin, Texas, it’s clear that not only is the open-source cloud platform more ready than ever for the enterprise, we’re also seeing a lot of deployments.
In fact, half of the Fortune 100 is now running Openstack. 65 percent of deployments are in production – and that’s a 33 percent increase from a year ago.
Read on to see a selection of who’s running Openstack and why…
Five years since NASA and Rackspace created the OpenStack cloud management platform, the number of enterprise users is continuing to grow.
Many of those setting up OpenStack clouds in their data centres are still larger businesses, but there are examples of its use in a variety of sectors – from large banks to retailers and automotive firms. Even some public sector organisations are using OpenStack-based services, attracted by the promise of no lock-in.
And the announcement of Volkswagen as a customer today is yet another step in this direction.
Read next: Volkswagen picks OpenStack private cloud
Will OpenStack be the dominant private cloud platform long term? The jury may still be out, but there is plenty of evidence that the software is becoming easier to manage for enterprise-sized businesses that are not running hyperscale data centres, while access to skills is improving.
Read next: OpenStack Foundation addresses skills shortage with cloud admin certification
ComputerworldUK takes a looks at some of the organisations at the forefront of OpenStack’s push into the mainstream....
1. OpenStack enterprise users: Betfair
Online gambling firm Betfair partnered with RedHat and Nuage Networks to create an API-driven infrastructure.
The private cloud will host Betfair’s exchange, which supports 120 million transactions per day, 2.7 billion API transactions and has 1.7 million active users.
Red Hat's OpenStack distribution was chosen because it needed ensure as little downtime as possible. Betfair runs a betting exchange – similar to the stock exchanges and actually also used by professional traders – so seconds matter, and downtime is noticed practically immediately.
“You can imagine at the end of a horse race, traffic gets fast and you don’t have a lot of time to recover from problems,” Haigh says. “We also wanted to bring support in house – I wanted to build a team that could look after the estate themselves so I needed partners who were happy to come and train our guys up.”
“We will always have underlying support behind the scenes but I need a team that’s my first responders in-house.”
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2. OpenStack enterprise users: Volkswagen
Volkswagen says it is setting up an OpenStack private cloud to speed application development as it adapts to new developments in the automotive industry, such as connected car technology.
Mario Mueller, corporate director for IT Operational Services & Infrastructure Technologies, told ComputerworldUK that the company is investing in an on-premise data centre, as the economics of the public cloud “don't work as well” for its use cases.
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3. OpenStack enterprise users: BMW
ComputerworldUK spoke to BMW’s data centre boss, Dr Stefan Lenz, at OpenStack’s Paris conference in 2014. The German car maker has created a self-service private cloud based on OpenStack, running hundreds of cores and 40TB of storage.
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Dr Lenz lauded the openness of the cloud platform in comparison to proprietary vendors. "No one earns money on the growth of our company, no one comes with unexpected license fees after we have develop a lot of software around it. And we have experienced that a lot,” he told ComputerworldUK. “So that is the reason that we believe OpenStack is the right choice at the core of our automation.”
4. OpenStack enterprise users: Kirin
The Japanese drinks business has been working with services firm NTT Data to set up a private cloud as it began to replace legacy infrastructure. Kirin, which had a large team of engineers, was able to make operational cost savings of 75 percent by automating server building and testing.
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NTT Data has now completed the first part of the migration and expects to migrate 500 VMs and 300 TB on OpenStack by end of 2016, and a final target of 2000 VMs and 1 petabyte. The first phase involved 100 VMs and 100TB of storage.
5. OpenStack enterprise users: Walmart
US retail giant Walmart has one of the largest enterprise OpenStack deployments running in production.
Having first deployed the technology in 2012, it has now swelled its implementation to 140,000 cores to support its global ecommerce platform.
Speaking at OpenStack Summit in Vancouver last year, Amandeep Singh Juneja, senior director for cloud operations and engineering at Walmart Labs said: “It had some pains in the early stages mainly due to [eighth OpenStack release] Havana, but it met our needs, which most of the other products did not. We wanted something which was extensible throughout [our data centres].”
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6. OpenStack enterprise users: HMRC
While Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HRMC) has not built its own OpenStack cloud, it is using DataCentred’s public cloud platform to host its MultiChannel Digital Tax Platform (MDTP)
. The platform as a service allows third parties to create applications which enable businesses and individuals to file tax returns.
The deal could pave the way for further use in UK government, and ComputerworldUK understands that other prominent Whitehall departments are considering using OpenStack in future.
7. OpenStack enterprise users: European Commission
The openness of the OpenStack platform has also attracted the European Commission. At the end of last year, a consortium of telcos and service providers – called the Cloud Team Alliance (CTA) – won a contract tender to provide OpenStack infrastructure as a service to 52 EU institutions including the EU Parliament, Commission of Justice and cyber security agency, ENISA.
One of the benefits for the EU agencies is access to a network of OpenStack cloud providers across different regions, helping to allay some concerns around data sovereignty.
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8. OpenStack enterprise users: Nike
Nike built its private cloud on VMware virtualistion as part of plans to switch service provider and move to a new data centre.
Within nine months Nike has deployed an OpenStack-based cloud with 150 hypervisors and 5,000 VM instances. See more
9. OpenStack enterprise users: Barclays, Wells Fargo and Bank of America
A number of banks are running OpenStack internally including Wells Fargo, Bank of America, American Express, TD Bank and Spanish lender BBVA among its users. ComputerworldUK understands that Barclays has been migrating servers to an OpenStack private cloud as it replaces legacy servers. Read next: Barclays turns to OpenStack to manage private cloud