Available as a free download, the software empowers customers to deploy private clouds.
Rackspace, a hosting and cloud computing provider, yesterday announced the release of Rackspace Private Cloud Software, powered by OpenStack - making it simple and easy for companies to install, test and run a multi-node OpenStack based private cloud environment. This software is the newest addition to the Rackspace Private Cloud suite along with OpenStack Training and Support services.
The company states that the software, code named 'Alamo,' uses the same OpenStack compute platform, Nova, used to run Rackspace clouds and is available as a free download from the company website. This software is based upon the company's experience in deploying and operating OpenStack-based public and private clouds in a variety of environments including in the company's own data centers as well as in external data centers. The Rackspace Private Cloud is backed by an optional support offering.
It avers that the Rackspace Private Cloud Software combines the capabilities of public cloud with the customization, reliability and control advantages of a dedicated environment. Customers now have a simple way to install an OpenStack-based private cloud in their own data center, at the company, or in a colocation facility.
The company mentions that key benefits of Rackspace Private Cloud, powered by OpenStack include:
Deploy in minutes - To download, customers can go to www.rackspace.com/cloud/private and run a simple installer to deploy OpenStack components and configuration for private clouds.
Integrated and tested configuration - Based on customer feedback, the company selected a proven configuration, which initially includes Ubuntu 12.04 LTS host operating system and KVM hypervisor. It is 100% open source OpenStack Essex with Compute, Image Service, Identity Service and Dashboard. It is working with partners like Red Hat and others to offer its customers choice of host operating systems and OpenStack distributions in the future.
Backed by Rackspace Fanatical Support - Organizations running the software can utilize free support forums or can purchase Escalation Support services from the company. Escalation Support includes 24x7x365 ticket and phone support for Rackspace Private Cloud powered by OpenStack from the experts at the company.
"We believe that the majority of our customers and cloud users will be running hybrid cloud environments for a long time," said Jim Curry, General Manager of Private Cloud business at Rackspace. "Today's announcement allows businesses to utilize their existing investment in their own data center resources to run an open cloud solution for additional control and customization and also take advantage of Rackspace's data center options."
"Since the founding of OpenStack, we have had requests from the marketplace and our customers for a private cloud software offering based on OpenStack that makes it easy to get up and running. We are making that solution available through Rackspace's Private Cloud Software allowing organizations of any size to take advantage of open cloud technology that conforms 100% to the open source code base. Rackspace is making it easy for every IT decision maker, IT pro, and system administrator to install, test and run OpenStack clouds anywhere within minutes - you don't need to be an OpenStack expert," said Lew Moorman, President at Rackspace. "This is built, packaged and tested by the OpenStack experts at Rackspace, providing customers access to a proven configuration and to Rackspace's expert Fanatical Support team."