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Rackspace, NASA collaborate on cloud platforms

Posted: 27 Jul 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Cloud interoperability  open source platform  Nebula Cloud Platform 

Rackspace Hosting and NASA have joined hands on technology development to leverage the efforts of open-source software developers worldwide for cloud interoperability. Rackspace is donating the code that powers its Cloud Files and Cloud Servers public-cloud offerings to the OpenStack project. The project would also incorporate technology that powers the NASA Nebula Cloud Platform.

NASA's chief technology officer for IT, Chris C. Kemp says, "Modern scientific computation requires ever increasing storage and processing power delivered on demand. To serve this demand, we built Nebula, an infrastructure cloud platform designed to meet the needs of our scientific and engineering community. NASA and Rackspace are uniquely positioned to drive this initiative based on our experience in building large scale cloud platforms and our desire to embrace open source."

OpenStack would feature several cloud infrastructure components including a fully distributed object store based on Rackspace Cloud Files, available today at OpenStack.org. The next component planned for release is a scalable compute-provisioning engine based on the NASA Nebula cloud technology and Rackspace Cloud Servers technology, expectedly available later this year.

Using these components, organisations would be able to utilise physical hardware into scalable and extensible cloud environments using the same code currently in production, serving a multitude of customers and large-scale government projects.

"We are founding the OpenStack initiative to help drive industry standards, prevent vendor lock-in and generally increase the velocity of innovation in cloud technologies," said Lew Moorman, president, Cloud and CSO at Rackspace. "We are proud to have NASA's support in this effort. Its Nebula Cloud Platform is a tremendous boost to the OpenStack community. We expect ongoing collaboration with NASA and the rest of the community to drive more-rapid cloud adoption and innovation, in the private and public spheres."

Rackspace and NASA have committed to use OpenStack to power their cloud platforms, and Rackspace will dedicate open-source developers and resources to support adoption of OpenStack among enterprises and service providers. An OpenStack Design Summit was held July 13-16 in Texas, where more than 100 technical advisors, developers and founding members joined to validate the code and ratify the project roadmap.

More than 25 companies were represented at the Design Summit including AMD, Autonomic Resources, Citrix, Cloud.com, Cloudkick, Cloudscaling, CloudSwitch, Dell, enStratus, FathomDB, Intel, iomart Group, Limelight, Nicira, NTT DATA, Opscode, PEER 1, Puppet Labs, RightScale, Riptano, Scalr, SoftLayer, Sonian, Spiceworks, Zenoss and Zuora.





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