Is OpenStack ready for prime time?

For early private cloud adopters, the answer is a qualified yes

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If you listen to the hype surrounding OpenStack, it's nothing less than a panacea offering fast, relatively easy, cost-efficient tools for deploying enterprise apps as cloud services. Some analysts are far less bullish, arguing that building a private cloud with OpenStack is a daunting task.

We interviewed OpenStack trailblazers from large enterprises like Walmart, Time Warner Cable, and PayPal. They say OpenStack is ready for prime time deployment in the enterprise -- as long as you understand the potential pitfalls and impediments.

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