OpenStack

New Open Source Cloud Computing Software Project 'OpenStack'

OpenStack is a new project that provides open source cloud computing software for building cloud infrastructure that runs on standard hardware.

The OpenStack project consists of OpenStack Compute and OpenStack Storage.

OpenStack Compute can be used to create and manage groups of virtual private servers. It is written in Python, using the Tornado and Twisted frameworks. Meanwhile, OpenStack Storage is for use in the creation of redundant, scalable object storage using clusters of commodity servers to store data. Should a node fail, OpenStack works to replicate its content from other active nodes.

According to the OpenStack website, Rackspace Hosting and NASA are among the organisations currently using OpenStack technologies. Early code is available on LaunchPad. An initial release for OpenStack Storage is currently scheduled for mid-September, and an initial release for OpenStack Compute expected in mid-October.

Jessica Thornsby

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