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OpenStack, an open source cloud operating system, has one major commercial backer: Rackspace. Rackspace, through its Rackspace Cloud Builders initiative, wants you to embrace the open side of the cloud.

Bruce Hoard, the top editor at Virtualization Review, talked to Rackspace's Jim Curry about the company's support of OpenStack and where the project stands.

OpenStack was started by NASA and Rackspace and is now being adopted by an array of people and organizations that build new functions on top of the OpenStack core. OpenStack is now on its fourth major iteration, dubbed "Diablo."

Curry is understandably bullish on OpenStack. Of course, he's paid to be. Curry believes that Rackspace, as well as Amazon, has the scale to support large cloud projects today. That's where Cloud Builders comes in. This is a RackSpace group specifically aimed at helping enterprises build or buy and support OpenStack-based apps. One of the key initiatives is Storage as a Service, which has been working for about a year and a half.

Right now, most Cloud Builders customers are in beta, and the company is still working out pricing details for its services, primarily support.

Posted by Doug Barney on 09/27/2011 at 12:47 PM


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