Rackspace Launches OpenStack-based Private Cloud Software
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:
"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."
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