Rackspace has introduced OpenStack, an innovative, open source cloud computing software for building reliable cloud infrastructure. From small start-up to large scale enterprises can easily setup OpenStack cloud within the premises. We had featured Open Source Cloud Platforms available. OpenStack claims that none of the available Open Cloud is as flexible as Rackspace Cloud software that powers OpenStack.
Main intention is to allow any organization to create and build cloud computing capabilities using the available standard hardware. OpenStack Compute is software for automatically creating and managing large groups of virtual private servers. OpenStack Storage is software for creating redundant, scalable object storage using clusters of commodity servers to store terabytes or even petabytes of data. This is a great effort by Rackspace which let you have your own cloud platform, incase you are not comfortable with the external cloud.
Break Free From Proprietary Lock-In
Absolutely free to download with Apache 2.0 license, OpenStack is truly open and takes changes from the community. A great way to have open and transparent software for the cloud geeks. The Open Source model removes the fear of proprietary lock-in for cloud customers.
Supported By Rackspace, NASA, Dell, Citrix and Many More
Rackspace and NASA have donated their source code to have this Open Cloud project going. RackSpace running the project with its donated code that powers its Cloud Servers to the OpenStack project. The project also has the technology from the Nebula Cloud Platform developed by NASA. There are many like Dell, Citrix, Intel, AMD etc who are supporting this initiative. Needless to say, the project is going to get lot of attention now.
OpenStack was announced July 19th, 2010. Many components of OpenStack have been commercially used for years and now these technologies are released as open source software. Early code is now available on LaunchPad, with an initial release for OpenStack Storage expected in mid-September and an initial release for OpenStack Compute expected in mid-October.