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What's the buzz? 451 Research on the relative cost of OpenStack and proprietary private cloud

11 May 2015 6:41 AM | Michael O'Neil (Administrator)
There has been a great deal of buzz recently - including from Geoff Sullivan of TCBC member Cloud A - regarding recent results from 451 Research's Cloud Price Index. In coverage of private cloud findings, 451 compares five approaches: OpenStack distributions from sources like Red Hat, DIY OpenStack, commercial/proprietary hypervisors and orchestration from VMware and others, managed private cloud, and public cloud from CenturyLink and others. 

The 451 piece notes that "TCO is a subjective and somewhat controversial topic," a point that is proved by the controversy sparked when 451 found that commercial hypervisors/orchestration are less expensive than OpenStack alternatives when the cost of engineering support is considered. This isn't positioned as a condemnation of OpenStack or an endorsement of alternatives: the piece concludes that "OpenStack distributions and managed services all have their strengths and weaknesses – what matters are features, enterprise readiness, and having people in place that understand how to keep a deployment operational." What is important, though, are the ideas raised through the 451 analysis, which brings a unique perspective to an opaque issue. Well worth a read!http://www.insightaas.com/451-research-cloud-price-index-private-edition-part-3-the-best-value-tco-for-private-cloud/

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