CLOUD SERVICE PROVIDER Rackspace has released its Openstack based cloud.
Rackspace has been pushing Openstack development hard and for good reason, as the firm has become the first to deploy and now offer a large-scale cloud based on the Openstack architecture. Rackspace said it now offers database and server instances on its Openstack cloud.
Openstack is an initiative to develop an open standard for accessing cloud services and has the support of many of the industry's leading firms including HP, Canonical, Red Hat, AMD, Intel and Dell. However Rackspace has become the first hosting provider to offer customers rentable instances based on Openstack.
Nigel Beighton, VP of technology at Rackspace said, "The new Open Cloud is set to shake up the market by offering an alternative to the proprietary clouds of other major providers. Among other things, it means that cloud users have more choice and flexibility and our customers can avoid costly vendor lock-in. Our new Open Cloud is production-ready at scale and available to tens of thousands of customers."
The Openstack consortium is aggressively pushing the development of its standards, however it will need more than just Rackspace to offer smaller customers the chance to use Openstack APIs. Of course Amazon is keen to keep its customers using its proprietary cloud and it is unlikely that Amazon will natively support Openstack until it has no choice but to do so, which is where Canonical's Awsome software comes in.
Openstack might be an open standard but until Rackspace's competitors step up and deploy public clouds using the architecture then developers will have to treat it much like yet another closed standard. µ