More than eighty percent of enterprises plan to adopt OpenStack as a cloud computing solution or already have. Yet half of organizations that have tried to implement OpenStack have failed, hampered by a lack of open source cloud computing skills. That's according to a survey out this week from SUSE, the Linux vendor, which sheds vital light on current OpenStack adoption trends.
The survey results suggest strong enthusiasm for open source cloud computing, with ninety-six percent of respondents reporting they "believe there are business advantages to implementing an open source private cloud," according to SUSE.
Strong interest in private clouds of the type OpenStack enables is also clear. Ninety percent of businesses surveyed have already implemented at least one private cloud, SUSE reported.
Yet for all that enterprises appear to want to build OpenStack private clouds, many -- specifically, sixty-five percent -- of those that have already done so reported that it was difficult. And, again, half reported having failed in their OpenStack endeavors.
Why this mismatch between will and way? In its report on the survey findings, SUSE chalks the OpenStack difficulty up to three main factors:
- Forty-four percent of companies say they plan to install OpenStack themselves. That could lead to failure, SUSE says, if the businesses lack in-house OpenStack skills. SUSE implies that OpenStack deployment would be less risky if companies adopt commercial distributions of the platform -- like the one SUSE offers.
- Almost all respondents report vendor lock-in concerns, which may make them reluctant to implement private clouds despite their desire to do so.
- Eighty-six percent of respondents said the private cloud skills among engineers in the labor market are not sufficient for allowing them to adopt OpenStack or other private clouds with full confidence.
So that's the state of OpenStack at the beginning of 2016: Everyone wants it, but a skills shortage and a perceived lack of vendor-neutral distributions is stalling adoption.
The numbers reflect a survey of 813 IT professionals in the United States and Western Europe that SUSE commissioned.