Most popular open-source cloud projects of 2014

Most popular open-source cloud projects of 2014

Summary: Spoiler alert: OpenStack leads, but the still wet-behind-the-ears Docker is gaining fast.


CHICAGO — At CloudOpen, a Linux Foundation tradeshow held in conjunction with LinuxCon, the Foundation announced that an online survey of open-source cloud professionals found OpenStack to be the most popular overall project.

Most popular open-source cloud projects
Most popular open-source cloud projects

That wasn't surprising. Although OpenStack is only four years old, the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud project is very popular with support from such industry giants HP, Red Hat, and VMware. What was somewhat surprising was that number two was Docker, the just-over-a-year old container technology.

It's no news that Docker is hotter than hot, but to go from nowhere to the second most popular project in 12 months? That's amazing and speaks to its rockstar rise in popularity.

Behind those two, you'll find KVM, the x86 virtualization technology that's recently been ported to Power; CloudStack, one of the older open-source IaaS cloud projects; and Ceph, the open-source, software-defined storage stack.

Beyond the top five list, the Foundation and its media partner The New Stack drilled into the following categories: Hypervisor/Container, IaaS, Platform as a Service (PaaS), Configuration and Management Tools, and Storage.

In hypervisors, KVM, which is built into Linux, was the top virtualization program with 48 percent. After that came Docker, which while not "virtualization" software per se, has turned containers into today's hot virtualization-like technology. After that Xen took the third spot. Xen's placement struck me as a little odd since Xen is not only one of the oldest open-source virtualization programs and, because it forms the foundation for the Amazon cloud, is easily the most used hypervisor in the world.

In IaaS, once you're done with OpenStack and CloudStack, OpenNebula and Eucalyptus take up the next two spots. The other IaaS projects are lost in the noise.

PaaS is another area with a clear leader. Here it's Red Hat's OpenShift with 54 percent of the vote. After that comes CloudFoundry with 36 percent. Past the big two, no other PaaS platform really has a significant presence.

It's really the same story in storage. Ceph leads the category with 49.6 percent of the vote. After that Gluster comes in second with 20 percent and OpenStack's Swift had 17 percent.

When it comes to DevOps tools, it's a dogfight. Sure Puppet is number one with 23 percent, but it's followed closedly by Ansible with 18 percent; then SaltStack with 13.3 percent; JuJu with 10.7 percent; and finally Chef with 10.4 percent. I think DevOps is still wide open and no one has established themselves as the clear alpha dog yet.

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Topics: Cloud, Linux, Open Source, Storage, Virtualization

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  • This article is just an OpenStack reminder.

    This article is basically to remind of about OpenStack, forget about the other open source projects. Sorry guys, Microsoft Azure is too far ahead. Even Rackspace hosts Microsoft Azure in it's Datacenters. Great to have OpenStack around but it has already died to the same fate similar to that of Linux distros in general, too many forks and disagreements. OpenStack is Redhat of Cloud industry.

    Moving on...

    (oh and P.S. Should note that the best Hypervisor running on OpenStack is Windows Hyper-V)
    • "the best Hypervisor running on OpenStack is Windows Hyper-V"

      I suppose you came to that conclusion after an exhaustive test of only Hyper-V under Openstack?

      HyperV always has, and still does, lagged behind both VMWare and KVM in CPU performance.

      BTW: Does HyperV support booting from VXD based virtual SCSI drives, or is it still stuck booting from software emulated IDE virtual disks?
      • Yes

        Yes, it does support virtual SCSI drives.
        Buster Friendly
    • Microsoft Azure is too far ahead?

      If anything, AWS is too far ahead. No one has been able to keep up. Anytime a project or product gets close, Amazon adds more services.

      I think Amazon still uses Xen for the hypervisor. That probably makes it the most used hypervisor in the world due to the size of AWS.

      Maybe MS can made a dent in VMWare on the corporate size. They are pricing Hyper-V very aggressively. They just need people to try it, even if it lags behind VMWare. Last I checked, it even lagged behind RedHat's RHEV offering.

      Speaking of RedHat. Anyone played around with CloudForms 2.0 much? It seems to me a killer idea.
  • It would be nice

    To have some information about the closed source projects as well, if only for perspective.
    luke mayson
  • False hype

    SJVN creates a false hype to try to overshadow the success of Hyper-V.
    • You mean that thing that only works on Intel... and only under Windows?

      While Xen runs on several architectures...
    • Excuse me?

      Openstack is not a hypervisor, so your comment makes no sense.
  • Most popular open-source cloud projects of 2014

    KVM is a great project.
  • Obviously not

    Obviously not as I can make a big list of far more popular open source projects. Apache httpd is used just about everywhere.
    Buster Friendly
    • Obvoiusly yes

      Most popular open-source *cloud* projects.