Rackspace, HP go all in with OpenStack

By Brandon Butler, Network World |  Cloud Computing, HP, OpenStack

Joshua McKenty, president and CEO of Piston, and one of the co-founders of the OpenStack project from his time at NASA, says he's happy to see the advancements from Rackspace and HP, but he questions if the moves could have been made earlier. "It's about time," he says, noting that Rackspace has been working on implementing the OpenStack code since the project was founded. Engates admits that he "probably would have liked it to have gone a little faster," but he notes that the company wanted to make sure the offering was ready for consumers and had been tested appropriately. Plus, in addition to integrating the OpenStack compute platform into the company's storage services, Rackspace has spent the past few years building up the OpenStack community, which now includes more than 180 companies and 3,300 developers. Since then, however, the project has seen increased competition, particularly from Citrix, which created its own open source project named CloudStack after it defected from OpenStack. Open soruce project Eucalyptus is another competitor.

Network World staff writer Brandon Butler covers cloud computing and social collaboration. He can be reached at BButler@nww.com and found on Twitter at @BButlerNWW.


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