Openstack originated in United States, the land of one of the world’s most prolific free and open source cloud computing software platforms, primarily being implemented as an Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS). But, how come Openstack has become the talk of the town? What are the reasons behind its increasing popularity and the rise in demand for trained professionals in the field?
Let’s begin by trying to understand Openstack. What does it stands for and how it is proving to be a real game-changer in the modern IT and IT-enabled business set up. Still, it’s good enough to know right at the outset that Openstack is being supported by an autonomous foundation. It has the backing of over 35,000 individual members, besides 550 supporting organizations spread across about 177 countries. That is a clear indicator of the sheer diversity of the software!
Free access for all!
Since its launch in 2010, jointly by NASA and Rackspace Hosting, over 500 globally reputed companies have joined the Openstack project. It is a truly free and open source project, being managed by OpenStack Foundation, which enjoys the status of a non-profit entity. The foundation was set up in 2012. Being an open source software entails anyone can access Openstack source code. They can make changes to the software as per their varied requirements and share the same with the Openstack community.
Developers – core players
What makes Openstack such prolific software to learn is that it has the benefit of thousands of developers from across the world. Sitting from their respective countries these developers are constantly working in unison to make Openstack a strong, most secure product.
Future of cloud computing
The Openstack software platform comprise of components, which are interrelated and control hardware pools of processing, storage besides networking resources across a data center. A web-based dashboard, command-line tools or an API (Application Program Interface) enables users to manage Openstack. Set of tools on Openstack help users build and manage cloud computing platforms for both public and private clouds. Many experts say that Openstack is the future of cloud computing and hence stress on creating a talent-pool to meet the future needs of the industry.
Cloud & Openstack
Cloud enables computing for end users in a remote environment through actual software running as service on dependable servers. Openstack enables users to easily add new instance (each time a program runs it is an instance of that programme) upon which other components of clouds can run. As IaaS, Openstack platform lets a developer create software applications for delivering the same to end-users. In many ways Openstack is not only a natural extension of cloud computing but also goes beyond it to perform unique tasks.
Further, if one is talking of Openstack and not making a mention of Network Function Virtualization or NFV then it will be like missing out on where the real action is taking place in the IT industry today, globally. That makes openstack a very important part of today’s IT ecosystem in India, which is already witnessing a boom in the telecom sector, one of the major users of the software globally.
$11.6 bn market
The use of NFV is at its infantile stage. But, according to experts’ estimate the market share of the NFV is expected to witness fivefold hike to reach a staggering $11.6 billion in the next three years. The CAGR for NFV is expected to be at 54 per cent in 2015-2020.
Telecom professionals at work
As per one survey at present about 60 per cent of telecom professionals are exploring various facets of NFV for its larger applications in the sector in the days to come. Telecom giants such as AT&T, Bloomberg LP, China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, NTT Group, SK Telekom and Verizon have since adopted NFV with Openstack.
Openstack, indeed, is among the most happening field of the IT sector today. A trained professional who is expert in managing and running Openstack and Cloud enabled enterprise is much sought after by various sectors of IT and non-IT industries. IIHT, an IT-training institute of global repute provides job-oriented industry-ready training programs to students and professionals in Openstack.
Given the shortage, a professional trained in Openstack stands a good chance of getting absorbed by well known brands in the business. Some of the jobs being offered by the industry in the field are: Openstack Engineer, Systems and Cloud Computing Engineer, Senior Front end Developer- Java Script, Openstack System Administrator, etc.