OpenStack Distributions – A Comparative Analysis

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If you are an OpenStack customer or if you are evaluating OpenStack, you have so many options to consume OpenStack. If you are taking the on-premise route, your first order of question would be which distribution/ vendor to choose.

This first of its kind report aims to help you with that.  This report provides a comparative analysis of major OpenStack Distributions based on hands-on technical evaluation, along with recommendations on when to consider each OpenStack Distribution, based on its strengths. Please note that these distributions are evaluated individually against top metrics that customers use while considering OpenStack and are not pitted against each other.

Why should you care?

This report provides with rationale and data on the strengths of major OpenStack distributions, thereby enabling you to decide which is the best distribution suitable for your needs. Whether you are an enterprise customer or a Telco service provider or an enthusiast, you will get the complete picture of strengths and limitations of each distribution. Since this report provides with objective data vs just final conclusions, you are more empowered in making decisions here.

Key Findings

  • OpenStack Distributions have evolved from just a collection of packages to more complete solutions, each with varying degrees of support for additional features orchestration, logging, monitoring, metering, billing and more.
  • Major OpenStack distributions have recognized the pain in deploying and managing OpenStack clouds and have attempted to alleviate that, albeit with varying degree of success.
  • Each OpenStack distribution has its own strengths and weaknesses. Each distribution also has its own eco-system of vendors, partners and solutions around it. These eco-systems tend to have some level of exclusivity as well as some level of overlap (for example, networking vendors) among them.
  • Major OpenStack distributions have enabled support to Containers, either through OpenStack Container Service (Magnum) or through custom implementations.
  • With every OpenStack Distribution vendor, there are limitations on what hardware, add-on software, or operating system they support. Due to this reason, customers need to fully understand what vendors claim as “no lock in” with their software.


We would like to thank our sponsors  (Canonical, HPE, Mirantis and Red Hat) whose support made this report possible. Please note that this report evaluates more distributions than those from the sponsors.


We have evaluated the distributions using the versions matching Kilo release of OpenStack. We plan to update the report periodically to reflect later releases.


We encourage you to download the report for more details. As always, we are eager to hear your feedback or comments. The download link again is provided below.

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