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OpenStack vs VMware vSphere: What are the differences?

OpenStack and VMware vSphere are both popular cloud computing platforms used by enterprises for managing their virtualized infrastructure. Let's explore the key differences between these two platforms.

  1. Architecture: OpenStack is an open-source platform that uses a modular architecture, allowing users to choose and integrate different components to build a customized cloud infrastructure. On the other hand, VMware vSphere is a proprietary platform that provides a comprehensive suite of integrated components for virtualization, networking, and storage.

  2. Cost: OpenStack is known for its cost-effectiveness as it is based on open-source technologies and can be deployed on commodity hardware. It allows organizations to leverage existing hardware investments and reduce their infrastructure costs. VMware vSphere, being a proprietary platform, requires licensing fees and is typically deployed on enterprise-grade hardware, which can be more expensive.

  3. Flexibility: OpenStack offers greater flexibility in terms of customization and integration. It allows users to combine different components and technologies to create a highly tailored cloud infrastructure that meets their specific requirements. VMware vSphere, on the other hand, provides a more standardized and integrated approach, which may be more suitable for organizations looking for a pre-packaged solution.

  4. Vendor Lock-in: OpenStack avoids vendor lock-in by providing an open and vendor-agnostic platform that can run on various hardware and software configurations. It allows organizations to switch between different vendors and technologies without major disruptions. VMware vSphere, being a proprietary platform, may lead to vendor lock-in as it requires organizations to adopt a specific set of technologies and tools.

  5. Community Support: OpenStack enjoys a large and active community of contributors and users who contribute to its development, provide support, and share best practices. This vibrant community ensures continuous improvements, regular updates, and access to a wide range of resources. VMware vSphere, although it has a strong user base, relies more on vendor support and may have a smaller community-driven ecosystem.

  6. Feature Set: OpenStack offers a wide range of features and capabilities that cater to the needs of various enterprise workloads. It provides support for virtualization, network, storage, and orchestration, among others. VMware vSphere, being a more mature platform, also offers a comprehensive set of features, including advanced virtualization, high availability, disaster recovery, and centralized management tools.

In summary, OpenStack provides a modular and cost-effective solution with greater flexibility and less vendor lock-in, while VMware vSphere offers a comprehensive and integrated platform with robust features and vendor support.

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Pros of OpenStack
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    Private cloud
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    Avoid vendor lock-in
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    Flexible in use
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    Industry leader
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    Supported by many companies in top500
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    Robust architecture
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    Strong host isolation
  • 6
    Industry leader
  • 5
    Great VM management (HA,FT,...)
  • 4
    Easy to use
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    Feature rich
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    Great Networking
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  • 1
    Running in background
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    Can be setup on single physical server

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Cons of OpenStack
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    What is OpenStack?

    OpenStack is a cloud operating system that controls large pools of compute, storage, and networking resources throughout a datacenter, all managed through a dashboard that gives administrators control while empowering their users to provision resources through a web interface.

    What is VMware vSphere?

    vSphere is the world’s leading server virtualization platform. Run fewer servers and reduce capital and operating costs using VMware vSphere to build a cloud computing infrastructure.

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    What are some alternatives to OpenStack and VMware vSphere?
    Red Hat OpenShift
    OpenShift is Red Hat's Cloud Computing Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering. OpenShift is an application platform in the cloud where application developers and teams can build, test, deploy, and run their applications.
    Cloud Foundry
    Cloud Foundry is an open platform as a service (PaaS) that provides a choice of clouds, developer frameworks, and application services. Cloud Foundry makes it faster and easier to build, test, deploy, and scale applications.
    Kubernetes is an open source orchestration system for Docker containers. It handles scheduling onto nodes in a compute cluster and actively manages workloads to ensure that their state matches the users declared intentions.
    The Docker Platform is the industry-leading container platform for continuous, high-velocity innovation, enabling organizations to seamlessly build and share any application — from legacy to what comes next — and securely run them anywhere
    KVM (for Kernel-based Virtual Machine) is a full virtualization solution for Linux on x86 hardware containing virtualization extensions (Intel VT or AMD-V).
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