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Rackspace debut OpenStack-based private cloud

Elliot Bentley
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Two weeks since releasing the first large-scale OpenStack public cloud, Rackspace have launched a private equivalent.

Two weeks since releasing the first large-scale
OpenStack public cloud
, Rackspace have launched a private
equivalent. Available now as a free
download
, the release – codenamed “Alamo” – is touted in
marketing materials to take “less than an hour” to deploy.

Being based on OpenStack, the USP of Rackspace’s Private Cloud
offering is both its openness – preventing vendor lock-in – and
their well-regarded ‘Fanatical support’. Escalation support will
for now cost $2,500 plus $100 for each node under management.

The company is making clear that their private cloud offering isn’t
a separate distribution of OpenStack, and will continue to be
updated as often as its public sibling. Though they’ve yet to set a
regular release pattern, Rackspace GM of private clouds Jim Curry

told The Register
they expect Private Cloud releases to lag
behind by around 45-60 days.

Rackspace, a key driver of the OpenStack project, may have been the
first to market with OpenStack-based cloud product, but RedHat are

close behind
(with their own offerings due early next year) and
HP have recently released their OpenStack-powered cloud service.

Version 2 of the Public Cloud, to be based on the upcoming
Folsom release
due at the end of next month, will also contain
a range of managed services, including monitoring, capacity
planning, patching, and upgrading of private clouds.

There’s a
getting started guide
available for those looking to test it
out for themselves – well, after the 1.8GB
download
.

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