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OpenStack for Architects by Ben Silverman, Michael Solberg

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Common OpenStack use cases

In spite of immense interest, huge investment, and public success, we've seen a number of cases where well-intentioned OpenStack projects fail or are at least perceived as a failure by the people who have funded them. When OpenStack projects fail, the technology itself is rarely the root cause. Thomas Bittman at Gartner noticed this trend and wrote an influential blog post entitled Why are Private Clouds Failing? in September 2014.

Bittman's findings echo many of our experiences from the field. In short, the reason that most private cloud projects fail is that improper expectations were set from the beginning and the business goals for the cloud weren't realized by the end result.

First and foremost, OpenStack deployments ...

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