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OpenStack enterprise users: Nine businesses building open-source clouds

Matthew Finnegan | June 24, 2016
OpenStack is gaining in popularity, here are some of the large organisations using the cloud management software

3. OpenStack enterprise users: BMW

OpenStack enterprise users: BMW

ComputerworldUK spoke to BMW's data centre boss, Dr Stefan Lenz, at OpenStack's Paris conference in 2014. The German car maker has created a self-service private cloud based on OpenStack, running hundreds of cores and 40TB of storage.

Dr Lenz lauded the openness of the cloud platform in comparison to proprietary vendors. "No one earns money on the growth of our company, no one comes with unexpected license fees after we have develop a lot of software around it. And we have experienced that a lot," he told ComputerworldUK. "So that is the reason that we believe OpenStack is the right choice at the core of our automation."

4. OpenStack enterprise users: Kirin

OpenStack enterprise users: Kirin
Image: Kirin

The Japanese drinks business has been working with services firm NTT Data to set up a private cloud as it began to replace legacy infrastructure. Kirin, which had a large team of engineers, was able to make operational cost savings of 75 percent by automating server building and testing.

NTT Data has now completed the first part of the migration and expects to migrate 500 VMs and 300 TB on OpenStack by end of 2016, and a final target of 2000 VMs and 1 petabyte. The first phase involved 100 VMs and 100TB of storage.

5. OpenStack enterprise users: Walmart

OpenStack enterprise users: Walmart
Image: Walmart

US retail giant Walmart has one of the largest enterprise OpenStack deployments running in production.

Having first deployed the technology in 2012, it has now swelled its implementation to 140,000 cores to support its global ecommerce platform.

Speaking at OpenStack Summit in Vancouver last year, Amandeep Singh Juneja, senior director for cloud operations and engineering at Walmart Labs said: "It had some pains in the early stages mainly due to [eighth OpenStack release] Havana, but it met our needs, which most of the other products did not. We wanted something which was extensible throughout [our data centres]."

6. OpenStack enterprise users: HMRC

OpenStack enterprise users: HMRC

While Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HRMC) has not built its own OpenStack cloud, it is using DataCentred's public cloud platform to host its MultiChannel Digital Tax Platform (MDTP). The platform as a service allows third parties to create applications which enable businesses and individuals to file tax returns.

The deal could pave the way for further use in UK government, and ComputerworldUK understands that other prominent Whitehall departments are considering using OpenStack in future.

7. OpenStack enterprise users: European Commission

OpenStack enterprise users: European Commission


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