Culture eats strategy for breakfast – a famous platitude of company management that proves itself to be true time and time again. This is also the case in IT, where differences in the mentality of decision-makers from different countries and regions are directly reflected in the use of the cloud. Take OpenStack, for example: According to a recent study conducted by market research firm IDG for Deutsche Telekom, 58 percent of the European companies surveyed use or plan to use the open source-based cloud system. From a European perspective, this is a lot, but it’s not much in a global comparison, where an average of 82 percent of companies either already use OpenStack or plan to do so. The software company SUSE LINUX already came to this conclusion in a survey conducted in 2017, which surveyed IT decision-makers from Asia, Australia, Brazil, Canada and the United States as well as Europe. The results of the two studies are certainly not directly comparable. Nevertheless, the figures at least show the differences in mentality between Europe and other global regions.
One reason for this difference is the fact that European companies are increasingly cautious. IT security, data protection and the fear of industrial espionage are often high on the agenda of companies there. With two consequences: For a start, cloud computing is being introduced more cautiously in European companies than in the rest of the world. And what’s more, it’s being used differently. According to IDG, for example, hybrid cloud computing plays a major role for the companies surveyed, with the private cloud dominating: A good two in three firms rely on their own or dedicated cloud resources. According to the study, that figure is declining overall. However, it’s not the public cloud that is benefiting but rather hybrid cloud concepts.
This in turn benefits OpenStack – after all, companies can use the open system for both public and private cloud scenarios. As a result, 71 percent of respondents said OpenStack either played a role or was already part of their cloud strategy. OpenStack was not being considered at all by only 10 percent of those surveyed. "The OpenStack trend is picking up speed," IDG concludes.
According to the study, users expect it to be particularly future-proof (38.6 percent) and flexible (33.7 percent), while 30 percent hope to be able to manage hybrid clouds more easily with OpenStack. And just over a quarter expect a lower vendor lock-in risk.
"OpenStack is the cloud architecture with the greatest growth potential," says Nils Magnus, cloud architect at Deutsche Telekom. The Bonn-based provider has been active in the OpenStack community since 2012 and has been offering an OpenStack-based public cloud in the form of the Open Telekom Cloud since 2016. As a Gold Member of the OpenStack Foundation, it is continuously contributing to the development of the open cloud architecture. Magnus: "OpenStack users benefit directly from the openness of the system, as well as from the transparent maintenance and continuous development by the international community. For companies, this approach, together with the high level of data protection and security standards in Europe, plays an increasingly important role. That's not just what the figures in this study tell us, but also the sharp increase in the number of users of our OpenStack-based Open Telekom Cloud."