Rackspace Announces OpenStack

Jul 20, 2010

Open source cloud computing OS based on existing Rackspace technology and NASA's Nebula Cloud Platform

Rackspace announced the OpenStack, open source cloud computing operating system Monday. Rackspace is donating the code behind the Cloud Files and Cloud Servers to the project, which has attracted the attention of some major partners, including NASA.
A compute provisioning engine is slated for later this year.

It will incorporate NASA's Nebula technology and Rackspace's cloud servers. OpenStack Compute and OpenStack Object Storage are both available in developer preview and will be released mid-October and mid-September, respectively. OpenStack will be available under the Apache 2.0 license.

Rackspace president Lew Moorman said the decision to go open source was made to prevent vendor lock-in.

Rackspace announced several partners involved in OpenStack, including Citrix, Autonomic Resources, Intel, Dell, and Sonian.

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