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OpenStack distributions:
a comparison

Looking for a detailed OpenStack distributions comparison? Have a look at the table below and see how Canonical's Charmed OpenStack differs from other distributions. Discover more by clicking on each Charmed OpenStack cell.

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Canonical’s Charmed OpenStack
Red Hat OpenStack Platform
Mirantis Cloud Platform
Pricing $$$$$ $$$
Fixed-price delivery - -
Managed OpenStack - Yes
Support pricing Per socket-pair Per host + base price for the control plane
Release cadence 6 months with a LTS every 18 months No predictable release cadence
Maximum support timeline 5 years 3 years
OpenStack deployment mechanism Red Hat OpenStack Platform Director (based on TripleO) DriveTrain (based on Git, Gerrit, Jenkins and SaltStack)
Bare-metal provisioning tool OpenStack Ironic MAAS
Operating System management tool Red Hat Satellite Not provided
Hypervisors KVM KVM
Networking OVN, OVS, Juniper Contrail, Cisco ACI OVS, Tungsten Fabric, Calico
Storage Ceph, NFS Ceph
Containerised control plane Yes -
Fully automated upgrades - Yes

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Canonical’s solution was a third of the price of the other proposals we’d received. The solution is also proving to be highly cost-effective, both from CAPEX and OPEX perspectives.

Georgi Georgiev, CIO at SBI BITS

More economical than Red Hat OpenStack Platform

By applying a per host pricing model to the subscription structure and offering design and delivery at a fixed price, Canonical's Charmed OpenStack is cheaper than Red Hat OpenStack Platform. Moreover, no license is required to get started with Charmed OpenStack. This means that organisations only have to pay for the environments that require enterprise support, such as the production environment, while they can run their testing and development environments free of charge.

Read a Red Hat OpenStack comparison whitepaper ›

More straightforward than Mirantis Cloud Platform

Instead of relying on random interconnected tools, Canonical leverages the concept of operators for OpenStack deployments, operations and upgrades. OpenStack Charms enable model-driven architecture and abstract the entire OpenStack complexity. This results in a simpler OpenStack platform, fewer resources required to maintain it and reduced operational costs.

Learn more in our datasheet ›

Open source unlike VMware

Canonical's Charmed OpenStack is fully open source which allows it to benefit from a broader community, faster development process and wider selection of technology choices than those available in VMware's platform. Choosing an open source platform avoids vendor lock-in and significantly reduces infrastructure costs.

Explore VMware to OpenStack migration options ›

More cost-efficient than public clouds

Public clouds are expensive when running workloads in the long-term and at scale. Although they are a more economical solution at the beginning of the cloud transformation process, their costs keep growing over time. Canonical's Charmed OpenStack is a cost-efficient extension to public cloud infrastructure, ensuring lower TCO per VM and enabling businesses to run their workloads where it makes the most sense from an economical point of view.

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