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Canonical’s Charmed OpenStack
Red Hat OpenStack Platform
Mirantis Cloud Platform
|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|
|Networking||OVN, OVS, Juniper Contrail, Cisco ACI||OVS, Tungsten Fabric, Calico|
|Containerised control plane||-|
|Fully automated upgrades||-|
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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.
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.
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.
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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