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What Should You Look For In An OpenStack Provider?

Mohammed NaserMohammed Naser

We're here today to break down what you should look for in an OpenStack provider and give you a few tips and tricks along the way.

It's time to talk about the importance of the right OpenStack provider. We don't need to tell you that implementing OpenStack is a big deal. Running applications and storing data in a cloud model is a great way to increase flexibility within your business or organization. This, in turn, can help your business thrive all the while saving on IT and operational costs.

OpenStack is an open-source technology that enables a set of tools to build and manage a cloud computing platform. Taking advantage of OpenStack's architecture can help deploy your organization's cloud quickly and efficiently.

When making the decision to implement OpenStack you want to be sure that you're making the right decisions. You want a vendor that is OpenStack certified and that will support your unique needs during deployment and beyond. You also want to be sure that your OpenStack solution is as flexible as you need, from upgrades to minor changes, you want a vendor that is there for you.

At the end of the day, the advantages of OpenStack are evident. When your business or organization is ready to deploy OpenStack you have to make sure that you have an OpenStack provider that you can trust. We're here today to break down what you should look for in an OpenStack vendor and give you a few tips and tricks along the way. Let's dive in.

Is Your OpenStack Provider Certified?

When your OpenStack provider is certified it means that their cloud service contains OpenStack software that has been validated through testing to provide API compatibility for OpenStack core services. The provider's product must pass specific tests to ensure that they are providing an up to date and complete version of the software. This secures software compatibility.

We at VEXXHOST are OpenStack certified. Not only that but we contribute and use OpenStack and have been since OpenStack's second release, Bexar, in 2011.

How Will They Help Support You Through OpenStack Deployment?

Before you start with the deployment of OpenStack your organization or business needs to ask themselves some questions. What sort of support model are you looking for? Is your IT department able to continue to run the cloud after deployment? What about upgrades? Should you train an in-house team? It's easy to get carried away. Take the time to discuss with your potential provider what support models they offer during and after deployment. This will ensure that you have everything that you need to run and maintain OpenStack.

Thinking of deploying an OpenStack powered private cloud? Our private cloud offerings have better delivery and operations processes, with the best efficiency possible. Meaning that your company's infrastructure works to perform better and learn faster. From gathering requirements, architecting, testing, deploying and even the management and maintenance of your OpenStack private cloud, we have you covered. Leverage our experience and expertise to help your business grow with OpenStack.

How Much Flexibility Can Be Built Into Your OpenStack Solution?

You need to make sure your OpenStack provider is flexible. When you choose the right vendor it's important that they are willing to work with multiple different OpenStack distributions. They need to be able to accommodate the hardware, strategy and OpenStack projects that will benefit your cloud solution best. You're not a one size fits all kind of enterprise so why should your infrastructure be? The bottom line is, whatever it is you need, you need to make sure your vendor is flexible enough to work with you to provide it.

The team at VEXXHOST is here to help you create a one of a kind OpenStack solution. From helping you determine your requirements, to choosing the right OpenStack projects, we are there for you every step of the way.

Thinking of taking the leap in implementing OpenStack? You don't have to do it alone. Trust the experts at VEXXHOST to help guide you. Whether you're looking for an OpenStack provider or to upgrade your current infrastructure, contact us today to learn more about how we can get you there.

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