OpenStack user survey reveals growing number of deployments: Openstack.

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The latest User Survey catalogued 44 percent more deployments than one year ago; 74 percent of those deployments located outside of the US

Capturing 44 percent more deployments and gaining input from 22 percent more organsations than one year ago, the OpenStack Foundation User Survey, published recently, reveals growing adoption, increased scale and a more diverse user base, driven by the desire to accelerate innovation and avoid vendor lock-in.

OpenStack's ninth User Survey demonstrates the open infrastructure platform used for private clouds, public clouds and telecom networks has broad appeal for organisations of all sizes around the world. Thirty-two percent of users have 10,000 employees or more, while 25 percent of organisations have fewer than 100 employees. Sixty-one percent of these users and 74 percent of deployments are physically located outside of the United States.

The growing adoption of OpenStack also applies to the amount of an organisation's overall infrastructure running on OpenStack. The typical (median) OpenStack user runs 61 percent to 80 percent of their infrastructure on OpenStack; among larger clouds of 1,000 cores or more, the median user runs 81 to 100 percent of their overall infrastructure on OpenStack.

Key findings among OpenStack deployments:

The typical size of an OpenStack cloud size increased; 37 percent of clouds have 1,000 or more cores, compared to 29 percent last year, and 3 percent of clouds have more than 100,000 cores. The number of users using Nova cells also increased 218 percent.

Swift object provisioning also saw greater scale. Sixteen percent of deployments provisioned more than I petabyte of object storage, compared to 4 percent last year, and 33 percent reported storing 100,000 or more objects, versus 13 percent last year.

The business drivers for OpenStack adoption continue to highlight its competitive advantages, including accelerating the organization's ability to innovate and avoiding vendorlock in. Users say these business drivers are even more important than saving money and increasing operational efficiency, which ranked No. I and No. 2 in past surveys.

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