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Learning OpenStack by Sunil Sarat, Alok Shrivastwa

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When to choose OpenStack?

So the big question is: under what circumstances should we choose OpenStack over the commercial orchestrators or vice versa? Let's look at the following table that compares the features that are significantly different.

Please note that the ease of installation and management are not covered in the following table:

Feature

OpenStack

Commercial orchestrator

Identity and access management*

Yes

Yes

Connectivity to enterprise toolsets

Not natively (Possible with ManageIQ)

Yes

Flexibility to the user

Yes

Somewhat

Enterprise control

Not natively (Possible with ManageIQ)

Yes

Standardized prebuilt services

Yes

No (Except virtual machines)

EC2-compatible API

Yes

No

So based on the previous table, OpenStack is ...

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