EMA Announces New Research on Open Cloud Management and Orchestration

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Study reveals that cloud orchestration is rapidly becoming the norm, with significant use by large organizations and near-term plans by smaller firms

Open Cloud 2015

Open Cloud 2015

2015 is looking like the year of OpenStack. This research reveals the reasons for recent and planned adoption, as well as the benefits and concerns of those experienced with or planning for open cloud tools.

Enterprise Management Associates (EMA), a leading IT and data management research and consulting firm, today released its latest research report entitled, “Open Cloud Management and Orchestration 2015: Adoption and Experiences.” Based on research criteria defined by EMA president and chief operating officer Dan Twing, this new research study takes an in-depth look at open source cloud management and orchestration.

Cloud services and technologies are quickly maturing, and a steadily increasing percentage of workloads are being moved to the cloud. While both public and private workload deployments are expected to rise steadily, the fastest growing category is hybrid cloud, which is growing by more than 40% annually.

For the purpose of this study, EMA defined cloud orchestration as: A cloud orchestration platform automates the configuration, coordination, and management of public and private cloud infrastructure. This can include storage, network, performance, and provisioning, as well as automating workflows required for service delivery. Some examples of cloud orchestration products include OpenStack, Cloudstack, Eucalyptus, or Flexiant.

EMA analysts believe that cloud orchestration is rapidly becoming the norm, with significant use by large organizations and near-term plans by smaller firms. Currently 30% of organizations are using cloud orchestration and 51% plan to within the next 12 months. The most deployed cloud orchestrator within this group of respondents is IBM Cloud Manager w/OpenStack at 49%, followed by IBM Cloud Orchestrator at 40%. VMware vCloud and VIOS are also near the top of deployments. There is an even mix of commercial cloud orchestrators from the top IT management software providers and open source orchestrators. This is significant adoption and shows a major shift to add automation and increased management to cloud environments.

Some other key findings in this study include:

  • 64% of those indicating that they were “Extremely Successful” with cloud were currently using cloud orchestration, versus only 31% of those feeling “Very Successful.”
  • Of those who felt they were “Not very successful” with cloud, only 18% were using cloud orchestration.

For those organizations that have not yet implemented a cloud orchestrator:

  • 47% are evaluating OpenStack options with IBM Cloud Manager w/OpenStack
  • 43% are evaluating VMware VIOS and HP Helion OpenStack
  • 27% are evaluating CloudStack

Open cloud technologies are viewed as contributing to cost effective and automated IT operations with 89% seeing open cloud technologies as a catalyst for innovation.

“2015 is looking like the year of OpenStack,” said Twing. “This research reveals the reasons for recent and planned adoption, as well as the benefits and concerns of those experienced with or planning for open cloud tools.”

Get the EMA “Open Cloud Management and Orchestration 2015: Adoption and Experiences” Research Report online.

Register for the July 9, 2015 webinar to get research highlights.

About EMA
Founded in 1996, EMA is a leading industry analyst firm that provides deep insight across the full spectrum of IT and data management technologies. EMA analysts leverage a unique combination of practical experience, insight into industry best practices, and in-depth knowledge of current and planned vendor solutions to help clients achieve their goals. Learn more about EMA research, analysis, and consulting services for enterprise line of business users, IT professionals and IT vendors at http://www.enterprisemanagement.com or blogs.enterprisemanagement.com.

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