Nasa launches open cloud platform

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Nasa launches open cloud platform

Ian Grant

Hosted cloud computing supplier Rackspace has teamed up with Nasa to launch OpenStack, an open-source cloud platform it hopes will set standards for open cloud technology and interoperability.

"We are founding the OpenStack initiative to help drive industry standards, prevent vendor lock-in and generally increase the velocity of innovation in cloud technologies," said Lew Moorman, chief strategy officer at Rackspace.

Support for the initiative has come from Intel, AMD, Citrix, Dell and NTT Data, among others.

Rackspace is donating the code for its cloud files' and cloud servers' public cloud offerings to the OpenStack project. Nasa will chip in its Nebula cloud platform for high-speed computing. The two firms plan to develop joint technology that leverages the efforts of open source software developers worldwide.

OpenStack already has a fully distributed object store based on Rackspace's cloud files. The next component planned for later this year is a scalable compute-provisioning engine based on the Nebula cloud technology and Rackspace cloud servers.

Rackspace and Nasa have committed to use OpenStack to power their cloud platforms. Rackspace will dedicate open-source developers and resources to support adoption of OpenStack among enterprises and service providers.

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