Why OpenStack cloud is very basic question of every customer and provider now days. The simple answer in two words of this question is just freedom and cost. This platform gives you as the customer and as the provider full freedom to move. You are not locked in now. You are free to develop, integrate, and operate the clouds at your own cost. You do not need to pay huge money on the account of licenses purchasing. You can develop your own cloud with easy to use interface and APIs. There are many sub benefits of OpenStack software that are detailed in following part of the article.
For example, you are a service provider and you are operating your cloud services on a proprietary platform. You have already paid a huge amount of money on purchasing of cloud computing software and now you need training that is also very costly and technology is locked in the shelves of proprietor. You need to pay more money. If you want to do some contract to managed service companies who deal in the operation and maintenance of these types of services and platforms, you need more money in the form of managed service cost. You have almost depleted you profit margin to a very low level. You need to pay for every update and patch; meanwhile, you are completely dependent on your vendor. That does not sound well.
Now look at the other side of the coin, you are free to use OpenStack software; you do not need to pay even a single penny for this. You are free to develop your own cloud; you can modify and get customized solutions. You can also get support from different developers and users available online. You can move to any vendor or provider at your will, there is no problem with this migration because OpenStack is very open to every application and development. OpenStack is open and compatible with all applications and systems. These systems can new ones or existing legacy systems. Another important feature of this software is its amazing features.
OpenStack software is highly featured and modular. This quality of the software makes this platform very suitable for reliability, scalability, and flexibility. There are different modular components of the software that can be dealt separately in modular boundaries. If you want to scale up and scale down your resources that is done is just few minutes and very effectively. These capabilities make it reliable platform of future.
There are many companies who are joining their hands with the research and development of this platform. The number of the companies who have joined this group is 185 till today and it is increasing rapidly. At the same time, developing community has also crossed 3000 figure; the trend of these developers is also increasing very rapidly. Major Service providers are implementing OpenStack platform into their cloud service like Rackspace and Vexxhost cloud hosting.
All these developments are just putting the weight to the notion that future of the cloud is OpenStack.