Analyst Report: The new building blocks for IT: OpenStack, continuous delivery, and devops

Analysis

The key building blocks of a modern IT organization include a highly flexible infrastructure, an automated software delivery life cycle, and a devops-driven IT organization. These capabilities are essential to ensuring that IT remains relevant in an era of continuous change to customer-facing services and automated business operations.

This report focuses in particular on OpenStack as an underlying cloud platform to support this new type of organization. In addition, it examines a handful of ecommerce and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) providers and the challenges these companies seek to solve by adopting a more agile software development and deployment process using OpenStack.

Key issues this report addresses are:

  • Defining the continuous delivery (CD) approach
  • Deploying the cloud as the CD infrastructure: public to private
  • Choosing OpenStack as an infrastructure platform on which to build a private cloud
  • Addressing the benefits and disadvantages of the OpenStack community
  • Moving toward a continuous delivery model to reap the full benefits of a cloud platform
  • Defining the role of devops

 

Table of Contents

  1. Summary
  2. A new approach
    1. Highly flexible infrastructure
    2. Why OpenStack?
    3. The OpenStack community matures
    4. Highly flexible software-delivery life cycle
    5. MercadoLibre’s approach to continuous delivery
    6. Highly flexible IT organization
  3. The future of OpenStack and continuous delivery
  4. Key takeaways
  5. About Jo Maitland
  6. GigaOM Research

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