That's why its interesting to see OpenStack, the open source platform for cloud computing, continuing to expand its base, and is increasingly part of more multi-cloud initiatives within enterprises. Those are two of the key takeaways of OpenStack's latest community survey, which included 1,052 responses covering 600 installations. The study shows there was a 95 percent increase in unique OpenStack deployments logged in 2017 over 2016, mainly in the beginning of the year. There is a strong trend to multi-cloud integration among OpenStack users. Close to half, 48 percent, indicate that they also interact with other clouds -- up from 38 percent a year ago.
The cloud is disrupting traditional operating models for IT departments and entire organizations. Whatever else has ever been said about OpenStack, no one has ever said the open-source Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud was easy to deploy or update. Pike, and the two updates, Queens and Rocky, to follow it, won't bring major new features or changes. Instead, each will build on the Ocata release. Ocata, too, was focused on improving stability, scalability, and performance of the core services.
The cloud is growing faster than ever, and OpenStack, the open-source cloud for the enterprise, is growing with it. By next year, 60 percent of enterprise workloads will run in the cloud, according to 451 Research's Voice of the Enterprise: Cloud Transformation, Workloads and Key Projects survey. Indeed, as OpenStack moves toward making more than $6 billion in 2021, OpenStack's private clouds are expected to deliver more revenue than its public cloud implementations. Technology innovations are driving OpenStack's growth. In the just-released OpenStack Queens, the following new features will bring in new customers.
A recent survey found 85.8 percent of telecoms consider OpenStack to be essential or important to their success. That's not bad for an open-source cloud some people still think isn't ready for primetime. The telecom industry is moving to OpenStack clouds and taking the internet with it. Telecoms have turned to OpenStack as their Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) foundation of choice. Numerous telecom providers and enterprise leaders have chosen to implement NFV with OpenStack.
In the latest OpenStack user survey, we see that OpenStack is finally gaining real momentum in private clouds. We also see that Ubuntu Linux is continuing to dominate OpenStack. Ubuntu Linux rules the cloud operating system space. As Canonical cloud marketing manager Bill Bauman said, "Ubuntu OpenStack continues to dominate the majority of deployments with 55 percent of production OpenStack clouds."The Ubuntu has seen almost 67 percent growth in an area where Ubuntu was already the market leader.