There are a lot of reasons to adopt OpenStack, and the learning curve can be steep, based on 772 surveys gathered by Zenoss at the OpenStack Conference earlier this fall.

Among enterprise, service provider and government respondents, OpenStack and VMware vSphere are nearly tied in terms of deployment. Based on the survey, 40% of the respondents plan on being operational in the next year with OpenStack, showing that there is some more work to be done to make implementations easier.

And not surprising given the source of the survey, Zenoss (48%) and Nagios (41%) are the management tools most likely to be used.