Busting the myth of private cloud economics


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Private and managed cloud expense has dropped significantly and now offer a highly compelling alternative to spiralling public cloud costs.

Canonical took part in 451 Research Cloud Price Index (CPI) in Sept 2017, and compared its pricing and services against the industry using the CPI’s benchmark averages and market distributions.

One of the significant issues with private cloud infrastructure is the up-front cost of consulting and integration required. Canonical addresses this with a fixed-price, highly automated but flexible OpenStack deployment process that greatly reduces the number of people required for both deployment and ongoing operations.

Canonical can spin up an OpenStack private cloud of tens or hundreds of hosts in two weeks with just two engineers, which reduces the up-front costs of its remote on-premise cloud management service, Bootstack. As a fully managed service, Bootstack allows customer-engineers to provide only a supporting role in private cloud operations so they are free to work on other projects.

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Benchmark analysis from the findings showcased Canonical's approach to private infrastructure:

  • Canonical’s managed private cloud was found to be cheaper than 25 of the public cloud providers included in the CPI price distributions.
  • Canonical is well known as a pioneer in model-driven operations which reduce the amount of fragmentation and customisation required for diverse OpenStack architectures and deployments. That underpins our finding that Canonical was priced competitively against other hosted private cloud providers having the second lowest total cost for managed compute, block and object storage in the Cloud Price Index.
  • Canonical was priced competitively against other hosted private cloud providers, having the second-lowest total cost for managed compute, block and object storage in the 451 Cloud Price Index.
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