IBM HAS LAUNCHED a version of Openstack that can be downloaded directly from its Marketplace like any other application.
IBM Cloudmanager with Openstack is based on IBM Cloudentry, and includes full access to Icehouse, the latest version of Openstack. As well as appearing in its own right, it can also be bought as part of a package along with the recently announced IBM Power Systems server range to form the extensively titled IBM Power Systems Solution Edition for Scale Out Cloud.
This is something of a watershed moment for the Openstack cloud platform. This is the first time that an interested developer can simply download the suite and start customising it without the need to involve vendors, middlemen or support, unless they choose to do so.
"IBM Cloud Manager with Openstack provides the openness and flexibility to increase a business’ ability to capitalise on opportunities by quickly delivering new cloud services" said Jane Munn, IBM VP and business line executive for Cloud.
"In addition, open community development facilitates vendor interoperability, allowing IBM clients and businesses partners to adapt their cloud assets in response to changing business needs."
IBM has made a number of recent announcements in the cloud arena, including new commerce platform Experienceone and the big data management technique known as Elastic Data, which rearranges datasets to bring relevant information into faster storage in a given scenario, a technique pioneered for the Watson supercomputer.
Last week, fellow Openstack advocate Canonical announced that it has made available what chairman Mark Shuttleworth described as "Chuck Norris grade" Openstack. µ