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OpenStack Services Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

  • ID: 5239700
  • Report
  • January 2021
  • Region: Global
  • 120 pages
  • Mordor Intelligence


  • Canonical Ltd.
  • Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Dell Inc.
  • Mirantis, Inc.
  • NetApp, Inc.
  • Rackspace US, Inc.
The OpenStack Services Market is expected to register a CAGR of 26.53% over the forecast period from 2021 to 2026. Openstack controls large pools of computing, storage, and networking resources; all managed through APIs or a dashboard. Beyond standard infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) functionality, additional components provide service management and fault management to ensure user applications' availability. According to Red Hat, Inc., 65% of cloud adopters said that OpenStack is essential to their cloud strategy. Communications service providers embrace cloud technologies, such as OpenStack, to meet demands for innovative new services. To ensure business continuity, these production cloud environments are required to be highly available and reliable. By the availability of both the components and topology of the cloud environment, organizations can build a highly available, production-grade OpenStack infrastructure.
  • There is a foundation that engages in the promotion of global development, distribution, and adoption of open infrastructure called OpenStack Foundation (OSF) with more than 105,000 community members from 187 countries around the world. The OSF goal is to serve developers, users, and the entire open infrastructure ecosystem by providing a set of shared resources to build community, facilitate collaboration, and support integration of open source technologies. The foundation's primary activities include community management, organizing large-scale test infrastructure, and bringing together more than 20,000 public infrastructure enthusiasts each year at global events, including the Open Infrastructure Summit. The OSF even began incubating new Strategic Focus Areas, starting with Container Infrastructure, CI/CD, and Edge Computing.
  • According to the 2019 OpenStack User Survey, 28% of organizations with employees ranging from 1000 to 9,999 utilize OpenStack. 18% of the organizations utilize OpenStack as Infrastructure Provider, followed by 13% using as a private cloud provider, with 72% of the deployment type being an off-premises private cloud. Rising operational efficiency and accelerating the ability to innovate is the primary reason organizations choose OpenStack as their cloud infrastructure platform. Other business reasons cited by greater than 75% of the survey organizations include avoiding standardizing on the same open platform and APIs that power a global network of private and public clouds, vendor lock-in, and saving money. Additional reasons include achieving security/privacy goals and attracting top technical talent.
  • In June 2020, the OpenStack Foundation confirmed that open source project StarlingX as a top-level open infrastructure project supported by the foundation. StarlingX project is expected to provide a deployment-ready, highly reliable edge, and scalable infrastructure software platform to build mission-critical edge clouds. Applications for StarlingX include the far edge or last mile and such use cases as on-premise clouds in factories, Industrial IoT, autonomous vehicles and other transportation-based IoT applications, Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) and virtualized Radio Access Networks (vRAN), 5G, smart buildings, and cities, augmented and virtual reality, high-definition media content delivery, surveillance, healthcare imaging, and universal customer premise equipment (uCPE).
  • In March 2020, DriveScale, Inc., a provider of elastic bare-metal cloud infrastructure, announced support for OpenStack. DriveScale provides programmable, scale-out storage to the usage of traditional bare-metal clouds by supporting the OpenStack Cinder standard. Cinder act as a block storage service for OpenStack. It presents storage resources that can be utilized by OpenStack Compute with the usage of a plugin driver. Through a self-service API, Cinder makes OpenStack Compute to consume and request block storage resources, and DriveScale through its Cinder plugin organizes the underlying hardware and delivers HDDs and SSDs as well as slices of SSDs at a large scale, cost-effectively and with the performance of local drives.
  • As COVID-19 continues to regrettably spread around the world, affecting large numbers of people and disrupting organizations worldwide, some enterprises were further at risk with the government having announced nation-wide lockdowns, impacting the availability of enterprise support teams and suppliers' support teams. In April 2020, Sardina Systems, a European company that provides Kubernetes and OpenStack cloud platforms, offers Sardina FishOS products and services to help all those affected customers and suppliers with teams in India. Sardina FishOS, built on OpenStack and Kubernetes, is designed for flexible & efficient operations, and rapid deployments to enable enterprises to respond to business demands ultimately rapidly. In April 2020, Rackspace's technology services company has set aside USD 10 million in no-cost OpenStack Public Cloud hosting resources over the next six months for organizations participating in COVID-19 response efforts.
Key Market Trends

Telecommunication is Expected to Witness Significant Growth
  • Software-Defined Networking (SDN) is essential for the deployment of 5G. Organizations whose expertise lies in Kubernetes and OpenStack are helping telecom operators build its next-generation SDN-based infrastructure for its 5G network. For instance, in February 2019, Mirantis, Inc. formed a three-year deal to build out AT&T 5G's infrastructure using Airship. The Airship is a project initially found by AT&T, SKT, and Intel. The Airship is designed to enable telcos to take advantage of on-premises Kubernetes infrastructure to support its SDN infrastructure builds. Mirantis will partner with AT&T and other core contributors to develop Airship's essential features. This work will then be deployed in production at scale via AT&T's Airship, Kubernetes, and OpenStack-based Network Cloud infrastructure.
  • In May 2020, at the Think Digital conference, IBM Corporation launched new solutions and services to help enterprises and telecom companies speed their transition to edge computing in the 5G state. This effort adds IBM's experience and expertise in multi-cloud environments with Red Hat's open source technology, which became part of IBM in 2019 in one of the most significant tech acquisitions of all time. One of them is IBM Telco Network Cloud Manager, where service providers will have the ability to manage workloads on both Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat OpenShift, which will be important as telcos increasingly look for ways to modernize their networks for greater efficiency and agility, and to provide new services and as 5G adoption expands.
  • In March 2020, ZTE Corporation, one of the primary international providers of telecommunications, enterprise, and consumer technology solutions for the mobile internet, has extended its collaboration with Red Hat, Inc. for accelerating the deployment of 5G networks. The partnership includes a new reference architecture that enables telecom companies to more effectively deploy virtual network functions (VNFs) on the Red Hat OpenStack Platform, Red Hat's highly-scalable and agile Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solution on ZTE's hardware. Using the Red Hat OpenStack Platform for its VNF services, ZTE can better prepare service providers for 5G deployments by transforming traditional core data centers (DCs) into more agile, efficient, and innovative open environments.
  • As part of the endeavor to build a 5G ready network for India's requirements, in May 2020, Bharti Airtel, one of India's largest integrated telcos, has selected IBM and Red Hat to build its telco network cloud, designed to make it more flexible, efficient and future-ready to support core operations and enable the latest digital services. Under the partnership, Airtel will build its next-generation analytical tools, core network, and new consumer and enterprise services on top of this cloud platform, which is based on open standards. Utilizing Red Hat and IBM's portfolio of hybrid cloud and cognitive enterprise capabilities, Airtel plans to adopt an open cloud architecture that uses the Red Hat OpenStack Platform for all network workloads and Red Hat OpenShift for newer containerized workloads.
Asia-Pacific is Expected to Hold Significant Growth
  • The majority of hyperscale cloud and telecom organizations in China are taking charge of adopting OpenStack services across the Asia-Pacific region, the OpenStack Foundation (OSF) declared at its Open Infrastructure Summit in Shanghai in November 2019. Citing the use of OpenStack by companies such as Tencent and China Mobile, the OSF said these companies play a critical role in the rapidly growing OpenStack market in Asia-Pacific. For instance, Tencent, the company behind the WeChat super app and hyperscale cloud supplier, has been using OpenStack to power its operations and public cloud services that are being used by different industries. Also, at China Mobile, OpenStack is being used to deliver public and private cloud services and its telecom cloud to power its next-generation telco network.
  • Users throughout the region are combining OpenStack and Kubernetes to solve big open infrastructure problems. They’re increasingly leveraging projects like Airship and StarlingX, using open, composable infrastructure to meet the demands of applications operating in the region. China, which is expected to account for almost half of the world’s OpenStack deployments, has the third-highest number of members in the OSF, an organization comprising users and contributors to the open infrastructure projects piloted and hosted by the organization. The latest version of the software, known as OpenStack Train, was launched in October 2019, which features almost 3,000 changes that contributed upstream from China, the second-largest contributor of differences present in 165 countries. With more than 150 contributors, China also ranks second globally in terms of the number of contributors.
  • Multiple Chinese companies contribute upstream to the StarlingX project, including 99cloud, China UnionPay, and FiberHome. For instance, Electronic Commerce and Electronic Payment National Engineering Laboratory of China UnionPay has researched a secured edge infrastructure, powered by StarlingX, for a contactless payment use case. With the evolution of 5G, technologies such as Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC), Media Cloud, Artificial Intelligence (AI) have strongly emerged along with rapid growth in 5G network infrastructure. The infrastructure itself must evolve as a cloud-native service to fully support the development. Korea-based SK Telecom has been developing cloud-native infrastructure technology from the past few years and actively participates in global projects both in OpenStack Foundation (OSF), especially the Airship project in OSF.
  • In October 2019, Red Hat, Inc., announced that Vodafone Idea Limited (VIL), one of India’s leading telecom service provider, is leveraging Red Hat OpenStack Platform, Red Hat Ceph Storage, Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform and Red Hat Enterprise Linux to transform its distributed network data centers to open standards, open interfaces based ‘Universal Cloud.’ These will also be extended to serve third-party workloads. Red Hat OpenStack Platform enables VIL to design efficient pods, which can be geographically distributed and taken closer to the end-users, helping reduce latency and enable an optimal user experience. With leveraging Red Hat’s open APIs, VIL plans to deliver actionable insights to its enterprise users and help them potentially create a competitive advantage.
Competitive Landscape

The OpenStack Services Market is quite competitive moderately fragmented due to the presence of significant players such as Cisco Systems, Inc., Red Hat, Inc., Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP, Mirantis, Inc., etc. The players in the market are frequently launching innovative solutions, forming partnerships, and mergers to increase their market share and expand their geographical presence.
  • May 2020 - VMware announced VMware Integrated OpenStack 7.0. VMware Integrated OpenStack delivers OpenStack functionality and a smooth configuration workflow. VMware Integrated OpenStack 7.0 offers a 5G ready platform that meets the 5G core and other workloads' demands. Upgrading directly from VMware Integrated OpenStack 7.0, 6.0, or 5.1 is seamless with zero data plane downtime.
  • February 2020 - Red Hat, Inc. has made the general availability of Red Hat OpenStack Platform 16, the latest version of its highly agile and scalable Infrastructure-as-a-Service solution. Approximately 1,000 enhancements and new features are expected to lay the foundation for enterprise and telco workloads from programmable IaaS for hybrid clouds, production clouds, and developer clouds, and cloud-native applications like network function virtualization, edge computing, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.
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  • Canonical Ltd.
  • Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Dell Inc.
  • Mirantis, Inc.
  • NetApp, Inc.
  • Rackspace US, Inc.
1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition
1.2 Scope of the Study



4.1 Market Overview
4.2 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis
4.2.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.2.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers
4.2.3 Threat of New Entrants
4.2.4 Threat of Substitute Products
4.2.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry
4.3 Assessment on the impact due to COVID-19

5.1 Market Drivers
5.1.1 Increasing need for organizations to improve their business agility and efficiency
5.1.2 OpenStack being open source provides provides the flexibility for customized solution
5.2 Market Restraints
5.2.1 Lack of robustness that enterprises desire for their data centers, including IT management features such as availability and security.

6.1 Frameworks utilized to manage OpenStack applications
6.2 Open infrastructure projects hosted and piloted by OpenStack Foundation
6.3 Use cases of OpenStack across organizations

7.1 By Size of the Organization
7.1.1 Small and Medium Enterprises
7.1.2 Large Enterprises
7.2 By Type of Cloud
7.2.1 Private Cloud On-premises Private Cloud Off-premises Private Cloud
7.2.2 Public Cloud
7.2.3 Community Cloud
7.3 By End-User Industry
7.3.1 Information Technology
7.3.2 Telecommunication
7.3.3 Banking and Financial Services
7.3.4 Academic
7.3.5 Retail/E-Commerce
7.3.6 Other End-User Industries
7.4 Geography
7.4.1 North America
7.4.2 Europe
7.4.3 Asia-Pacific
7.4.4 Rest of the World

8.1 Company Profiles*
8.1.1 Cisco Systems, Inc.
8.1.2 Red Hat, Inc.
8.1.3 Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP
8.1.4 VMware, Inc.
8.1.5 Mirantis, Inc.
8.1.6 Canonical Ltd.
8.1.7 Dell Inc.
8.1.8 Rackspace US, Inc.
8.1.9 Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
8.1.10 NetApp, Inc.


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  • Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Red Hat, Inc.
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP
  • VMware, Inc.
  • Mirantis, Inc.
  • Canonical Ltd.
  • Dell Inc.
  • Rackspace US, Inc.
  • Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
  • NetApp, Inc.
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