OpenStack Project is a cloud computing platform, which makes use of open source software.
A joint project initiated by NASA and Rackspace in July 2010, OpenStack has managed to carve a niche for itself in the IT world.
Although it is still in a budding stage, it has the promise to make it big in the cloud computing arena. It brings with it all the benefits offered by cloud platforms developed in open source environment. That includes offering benefits such as a large community of developers worldwide.
Besides, OpenStack is also adaptable and versatile, enabling it to offer advantages to organizations that will rely on cloud computing in the future.
Another advantage that gives it an edge over other proprietary cloud computing platforms is that it is low-priced.
It also offers different types and systems to both private and public clouds, allowing it to be useful for large corporations as well as small business houses.
It promises speed, which is crucial for business of any type in a highly competitive business scenario present now across the world.
OpenStack is transparent, which allowsusers to implement their systems seamlessly, independent of the cloud platform they use.
Although multiple clouds need to be managed simultaneously, being an open hybrid cloud system it lets you manage time-to-resolution speed. Therefore, your efficiency is not hampered due to the complexities associated with operations.
As it is an open source platform, systems can be customized to a very precise level. It, therefore, allows users to configure and fine-tune the system in a way that is most convenient for them. It also lets developers access, modify, and share the source code with people in different geographies. This encourages fast growth of such a platform as it allows any number of developers to contribute to its development.
OpenStack also exempts organizations from being bound to any particular service provider. This is viewed as a hurdle by many companies who want to join the cloud computing movement. It also users to utilize varied ranges of selections, which will let developers use the products and services that are most beneficial to their businesses.
Among its other advantages are its ability to integrate easily, its scalability, ability to store limitless information, among others.
OpenStack has several software distributions, and its code can also be freely downloaded under theApache 2.0 license.
The main advantage, however, is that it offers an infrastructure as a server (Iaas) which allows large private or public clouds to be managed easily.