Big boost for Openstack

Rackspace deploys OpenStack – first public move

Chris Mayer
OpenStack

It was coming, but now OpenStack’s ascent to de facto public cloud looks set, with Rackspace the first company to deploy a large scale cloud based on OpenStack

Months of murmurs and strenuous preparation look like they have paid for the public IaaS, OpenStack, with cloud computing giant Rackspace the first to take a punt on the new pretender.

Rackspace’s hosting portfolio, including Cloud Databases, Control Panel Cloud Servers, has now become the first to deploy such a large-scale OpenStack public cloud, orchestrated by OpenStack’s Nova controller. This is a big deal for their customers, allowing them to switch across private, public or hybrid models, or deploy in a data center of their choosing. It doesn’t have to be Rackspace.

This decision was nailed on though – given Rackspace’s initial part alongside NASA developing the open source infrastructure. But to gain true open source plaudits, an Apache license followed, as did the number of interested clients. The likes of Red Hat, HPIBM and Yahoo! all pledged their allegiance to the projectOnce NASA stepped aside, seeing that their role was done, the interest really picked up. With the recent Essex release, companies could almost taste this highly-anticipated infrastructure, and this announcement effectively becomes the green light to use it in production environments.

If you weren’t already on the mailing list, then perhaps the allure of getting 200 servers in 20 minutes might just get you signed up.

“Rackspace is disrupting the current model of how IT is consumed,” said Lanham Napier, CEO of Rackspace. “We have delivered on our promise to implement OpenStack in our cloud offerings, and to free customers from the vendor lock-in that they face at other major cloud providers. We’re delivering open, high-performance, scalable and easy-to-use cloud solutions, while empowering customers to choose features, services, prices and locations based on the needs of their business. At the heart of Rackspace is Fanatical Support, which means we put our customers’ needs and wants first. Today, we are extending this approach by giving the market an open alternative, enabling them to choose how and where they use the cloud.”

According to the Register, Rackspace had been internally testing OpenStack six months prior to the Essex code in April, suggesting that this is tried and tested and then some. This week’s switch-on will certainly get other parties interested, now they know that it’s all good at OpenStack Central. The project can only go from strength to strength here, as more and more turn towards OpenStack’s open nature. Keep your eyes peeled for the Folsom release – that might be the real indication of where the project heads next.

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