Rackspace Open Sources Cloud Platform, Launches OpenStack

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Web hosting and cloud provider Rackspace (www.rackspace.com) announced on Monday it has launched OpenStack, an open-source cloud platform designed to foster the emergence of technology standards and cloud interoperability.

Rackspace is donating the code that powers its Cloud Files and Cloud Servers public-cloud offerings to the OpenStack project. 

The project will also incorporate technology that powers the NASA Nebula Cloud Platform (http://nebula.nasa.gov). 

Rackspace and NASA plan to actively partner on joint technology development and leverage the efforts of open-source software developers worldwide.

OpenStack will feature several cloud infrastructure components including a fully distributed object store based on Rackspace Cloud Files, which is now available at OpenStack.org.

The next component planned for release is a scalable compute-provisioning engine based on the NASA Nebula cloud technology and Rackspace Cloud Servers technology, which will be available later this year. 

Organizations will be able to use these components  to transform physical hardware into scalable and extensible cloud environments using the same code that helps serve tens of thousands of customers and large government projects.

“We are founding the OpenStack initiative to help drive industry standards, prevent vendor lock-in and generally increase the velocity of innovation in cloud technologies,” says Lew Moorman, president of cloud and CSO at Rackspace. “We are proud to have NASA’s support in this effort. Its Nebula Cloud Platform is a tremendous boost to the OpenStack community. We expect ongoing collaboration with NASA and the rest of the community to drive more-rapid cloud adoption and innovation, in the private and public spheres.”

Rackspace and NASA have committed to use OpenStack to power their cloud platforms, and Rackspace will dedicate open-source developers and resources to support adoption of OpenStack among enterprises and service providers.

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