OpenStack is an essential component of every modern organisation which uses private cloud infrastructure for better economics, improved security and a higher level of flexibility. Over the last few years, it has evolved and become ade-facto standard for implementing cloud computing platforms. It is one of the three most active open source projects in the world with 1,003 developers from 188 organisations involved in the Ussuri release development. According to 451 Research’s Market Monitor from September 2019, it’s combined market size worldwide is $7.7BN.
Of the many companies involved in OpenStack development, Red Hat and Canonical are leaders. According to the OpenStack User Survey Report from 2018, both companies have been powering over 70% of production clouds together outside of the China market. Red Hat and Canonical each offer their own production-grade OpenStack distribution and have built substantial customer portfolios across various market sectors. However, this has been achieved using a completely different approach towards OpenStack deployments, operations and support.