Cloud hosting provider Rackspace announced on Wednesday that it has launched its Rackspace Private Cloud Certification Toolkit to validate all of the functionality of an OpenStack private cloud.
According to a video on the Rackspace blog, the toolkit ensures underlying compute, network and storage infrastructure is properly configured and ready for Rackspace cloud. It also ensures that any OpenStack provider plugins that drive infrastructure are stable for use.
In a demonstration, Rackspace shows how the toolkit works. Once keystone auth endpoint and account credentials are entered, the toolkit reaches into the infrastructure and validates infrastructure readiness remotely. The test takes several hours, and once it is complete users can download a PDF report of the results.
Nine software and hardware vendors including AMD, Brocade, Hortonworks and Arista Networks have announced Private Cloud Product Certification with Rackspace to make it easier for customers to deploy, manage and run a large-scale enterprise private cloud. According to Gartner, private cloud technology is increasingly implemented by larger enterprises.
“Customers that purchase a Rackspace Private Cloud certified solution gain the immediate benefits of a smooth transition with the best-suited technologies,” Brocade said in a press release announcing its quality assurance and certification with Rackspace. “Private cloud solutions are ideal for enterprises with mission-critical data networking or regulatory requirements in growing vertical markets such as education, healthcare and the public sector.”
In addition to the toolkit, Rackspace released three new Private Cloud Open Reference Architectures for enterprise-class clouds. The new reference architectures include mass compute with external storage, mass-compute and distributed object storage.
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