Rackspace OpenStack Cloud Play Gets Major Update, Release

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Rackspace officially released the first sets of code for its open-source cloud computing platform, OpenStack, on Thursday, just three months after the project's inception.

Dubbed "Austin," the release includes the code for OpenStack Compute, the computing infrastructure, and Object Storage, the cloud storage play. Since the OpenStack initiative was announced in July, it has seen myriad contributors and has built an ecosystem of more than 35 partners, Rackspace has said.

"The support and active participation from the community has been amazing to see; we are much further along than we expected to be three months into this project, and the future is very promising," OpenStack General Manager Jim Curry said.

OpenStack has been heralded as a cloud computing game-changer, allowing companies and service providers to leverage the code to build out their own private clouds while creating a level of standardization within the cloud computing ecosystem. Curry said that the release of Austin means that "server providers won't have to reinvent the wheel with proprietary cloud stacks, and cloud consumers will have the freedom to move their applications among clouds, whether an enterprise private cloud or simply to change service providers."

The July launch included a preview of the code for OpenStack Object Storage, a cloud storage platform, which was released as a developer preview. The Austin update makes Object Storage easier to install and deploy and adds dozens of bug fixes and features, such as a statistics processor, enhanced access control and user-defined metadata. Rackspace uses the code behind OpenStack Object Storage to power its Cloud Files offerings.


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