Managed OpenStack cloud or a self-managed cloud? Many organizations and enterprises out there considering private clouds debate between these choices. It is good to have these deliberations since the choice one makes impacts the company's future operations.
For most companies, the answer is pretty simple—a Managed OpenStack Cloud. Let us see why it is so.
Managing a Self-Managed Cloud
While many companies are successful in deploying a self-managed cloud, the struggle begins with the daily management of and operation. Unless the company has an excellent IT team and the budgetary capability to handle growing infrastructural needs, sustaining a private cloud environment could be difficult. If you're one of the bigwigs, an ultra-large company, this could be a cakewalk. You can hire a big team of personnel and get the necessary infrastructure, and there you have it - a self-managed cloud.
On the other hand, for most small to medium to almost-largish organizations, self-managing a cloud means a large financial and infrastructural burden. An entity that needs to be taken care of always. Also, something that should also be adapting according to the operational needs and wants of the company. This is not considering the team you have to hire, their salaries, payments for any support services you might need, etc.
There also remains the fact that platforms like OpenStack are complex and constantly evolving, and you would need a team that can really stay on top of things to self-manage a solid cloud environment.
A fully managed OpenStack cloud is the right solution for enterprises facing this situation. By taking care of infrastructural and operational needs and upgrades, a managed private cloud is a much cheaper and effortless alternative.
Managed OpenStack Cloud As A Solution
A Managed OpenStack environment offloads most of the tasks and infrastructural necessities to an outside provider and their expert and dedicated team of cloud experts. The process couldn't be any simpler - you let the provider know what you want in your cloud, they build your OpenStack cloud the way you want it, and you start using the cloud. There. That's it.
All the operational needs are taken care of by the provider in such a setting. If you need to scale vertically or horizontally, you let the provider know, and they do it for you. As mentioned earlier, OpenStack is a complex and dynamic platform. It keeps evolving with contributions from open source developers from around the world. These upgrades can feel like a hassle for self-managed clouds and could come with a need to change infrastructure or hire additional personnel. According to your business structure, with a managed private cloud, the provider will implement all the upgrades as they come.
Overall, opting for a managed OpenStack rather than a self-managed one will save your enterprise a lot of time, money, infrastructural requirements, and human resources necessary to deploy and operate a cloud environment.
Fully Managed OpenStack Cloud With VEXXHOST
VEXXHOST has been in the cloud game since 2006, and we have been OpenStack experts for close to a decade. Fully managed OpenStack private cloud is one of our signature offerings, and we have helped numerous clients across industries and regions by setting their desired cloud environments. Improve your knowledge of private clouds from our dedicated resource page. Contact us today for more details.