IDG Contributor Network: I love open-source OpenStack. Here’s why you may not.

It’s inescapable: Companies and organizations of all sorts are looking to adopt open-source OpenStack. In fact, according to a survey conducted by Linux.com at the 2014 CloudOpen in Chicago, OpenStack is now the most popular open-source cloud project, followed closely by Docker and KVM. The OpenStack Foundation now includes 800 corporations and organizations as members, and 2,000 code contributors.

Yet I’d argue that many of the organizations interested in adopting open-source OpenStack are not in the best position to do so, nor are they taking the right KPIs into perspective when evaluating it. I believe that adopting OpenStack has the potential to save money and increase computing power — I’m a huge fan, in fact — but a successful deployment really depends upon your company’s provider relationships, and the depth of your company’s technical staff and their capabilities.

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