Rackspace® Hosting has announced the release of Rackspace Private Cloud Software, powered by OpenStack, code name “Alamo” – making it simple and easy for companies to install, test and run a multi-node OpenStack based private cloud environment. The software uses the same OpenStack compute platform, Nova, used to run Rackspace clouds and is available as a free download from the Rackspace website. This software is based upon Rackspace’s experience in deploying and operating Openstack-based public and private clouds in a variety of environments including in Rackspace’s own datacentres as well as in external datacentres. The Rackspace Private Cloud is backed by an optional support offering.
The Rackspace Private Cloud Software combines the capabilities of public cloud with the customisation, reliability and control advantages of a dedicated environment. Customers now have a simple way to install an OpenStack-based private cloud in their own datacentre, at Rackspace, or in a colocation facility.
“Rackspace Private Cloud based on OpenStack can be easily integrated into users’ existing investments in desktop hardware, network layers and datacentre resources. From this point we anticipate that organisations will very quickly grasp the inherent control and customisation power that they have at their command. Of course, Rackspace is there to support customers who want to take their implementation to the next level as their technology stack develops,” said Rackspace VP Technology Nigel Beighton.
Key Benefits of Rackspace Private Cloud, Powered by OpenStack include:
· Deploy in minutes - To download, customers can go to www.rackspace.com/cloud/private and run a simple installer to deploy OpenStack components and configuration for private clouds.
· Integrated and tested configuration – Based on customer feedback, Rackspace selected a proven configuration, which initially includes Ubuntu 12.04 LTS host operating system and KVM hypervisor. It is 100% open source OpenStack Essex with Compute, Images, Authentication and Dashboard. We are working with partners like Red Hat and others to offer our customers choice of host operating systems and OpenStack distributions in the future.
· Backed by Rackspace Fanatical Support® - Organisations running the software can utilise free support forums or can purchase Escalation Support services from Rackspace. Escalation Support includes 24x7x365 ticket and phone support for Rackspace Private Cloud powered by OpenStack from the experts at Rackspace.