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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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You need to have the right staff. You need to start small. And you need to be ready to handle potential issues in the areas of upgrades, scalability and ease of use.

“Building a private cloud is a very hard thing”

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