OpenStack is a fairly young project in terms of IT technology. It began when Rackspace and NASA jointly developed their own Infrastructure as a Service and launched their free cloud platform in 2010. We’ve only really started to see its adoption in the past two to three years. A new version of OpenStack is released twice a year and companies like Red Hat will build its own OpenStack platform based on the new release.
The main benefit of OpenStack is gaining overall control of your infrastructure. Five years previously, there would have been disparate hardware spread out across the organisation. OpenStack gives you greater visibility of your entire IT infrastructure and exactly what is being run on every server.
It gives greater control and faster provisioning of servers when required, together with the ability to bring up and tear down the entire server environment in minutes, rather than in weeks and months.