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Internap's launch of XIPCloud Storage comes as San Antonio-based Rackspace's OpenStack open source cloud initiative hits the six month milestone. The six-month mark comes after Rackspace's first major OpenStack update and release in October, dubbed Austin, which included the code for OpenStack Compute, the computing infrastructure, and Object Storage, the cloud storage component.
In its first six months, the OpenStack project has grown to include 40 member companies and partners, a big jump from the inaugural 25 members. Bryce said OpenStack has now also received contributions from more than 60 developers.
Currently, Rackspace's Cloud Files offering runs OpenStack Object Storage and Rackspace has plans to expand OpenStack into other offerings as the project grows and matures.
Rackspace is also prepping the second OpenStack release, "Bexar," which is expected to be available for download on February 3, Bryce said. The Bexar release will add approximately 30 new features and include IPV6 support, image repository and will increase large file support by removing the 5 gig limit.
Bryce said the partnership with Internap is the first of many for OpenStack, and that he expects more companies to leverage the platform and make their offerings available. Bryce could not name specific companies; he said more partnerships and offerings based on OpenStack will come soon.