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Opus 2 has built its success on the Opus 2 Magnum (Magnum) document management and collaboration platform for litigation proceedings, arbitration hearings, and government inquiries. It migrated it to Ubuntu OpenStack from UK-based Canonical as part of its efforts to become a more software-centric business in the US.


  • OpenStack helped broaden Opus 2’s portfolio to the Opus 2 Forum (Forum) virtual data room (VDR) platform for mergers and acquisitions (M&As) and will play a key role in the company’s efforts to open up its services to third parties via APIs.

Features and Benefits

  • Gain an overview of the benefits and challenges of migrating to OpenStack
  • Understand how best to tackle a VMware to OpenStack migration.

Key questions answered

  • Why did Opus 2 migrate to OpenStack?
  • What are the benefits and challenges of migrating from VMware to OpenStack?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • Recommendations for enterprises
  • Recommendations for vendors

Opus 2 has switched to OpenStack for business expansion purposes

  • Opus 2 delivers technology and services to the legal profession
  • Opus 2 built its success on the Magnum platform
  • Opus 2 ported Magnum to OpenStack for business and portfolio expansion purposes

Opus 2 has started to make the transition to OpenStack

  • The initial US project has been promptly implemented
  • Opus 2 chose its partners carefully
  • Opus 2 has only started to leverage OpenStack

Lessons learned

  • Embrace your software-centricity, become the platform
  • Take the long view
  • Focus on agility rather than cost
  • Adapt to OpenStack as much as you adapt OpenStack
  • Move to dynamic automation
  • Reassess, test, and benchmark
  • Embrace hybrid clouds


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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