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OpenStack vs VMware vSphere: What are the differences?

OpenStack: Open source software for building private and public clouds. 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; VMware vSphere: Free bare-metal hypervisor that virtualizes servers so you can consolidate your applications on less hardware. 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.

OpenStack belongs to "Open Source Cloud" category of the tech stack, while VMware vSphere can be primarily classified under "Virtualization Platform".

Some of the features offered by OpenStack are:

  • Compute
  • Storage
  • Networking

On the other hand, VMware vSphere provides the following key features:

  • Powerful Server Virtualization
  • Network Services
  • Efficient Storage

"Private cloud" is the top reason why over 35 developers like OpenStack, while over 6 developers mention "Strong host isolation" as the leading cause for choosing VMware vSphere.

PayPal, HubSpot, and Wikipedia are some of the popular companies that use OpenStack, whereas VMware vSphere is used by MIT, CircleCI, and The Orchard. OpenStack has a broader approval, being mentioned in 67 company stacks & 50 developers stacks; compared to VMware vSphere, which is listed in 56 company stacks and 24 developer stacks.

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Pros of OpenStack
Pros of VMware vSphere
  • 45
    Private cloud
  • 36
    Avoid vendor lock-in
  • 19
    Flexible in use
  • 5
    Industry leader
  • 3
    Supported by many companies in top500
  • 2
    Robust architecture
  • 8
    Strong host isolation
  • 6
    Industry leader
  • 4
    Easy to use
  • 4
    Great VM management (HA,FT,...)
  • 2
    Great Networking
  • 2
    Feature rich
  • 1
    Running in background
  • 1
    Can be setup on single physical server
  • 1
    Free

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Cons of OpenStack
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    • 6
      Price

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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
    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.
    Docker
    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
    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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