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CERN openlab and Rackspace to create reference architecture for hybrid cloud

Archana Venkatraman

CERN openlab, the public-private partnership between CERN and technology companies, will launch initiatives to create a reference architecture and operational model for federated (hybrid) cloud services with Rackspace, its newest contributor.

Open source cloud provider Rackspace entered into a year-long contributor agreement with CERN openlab to create architecture for hybrid cloud services between its own private and public clouds and CERN's OpenStack-powered clouds.

Rackspace has collaborated with CERN in the past to help the nuclear research organisation burst its workloads into its public cloud. The expanded collaboration will see the two organisations federate CERN’s current managed services into Rackspace’s open public and private cloud environments and also help create cloud federation technologies.

Through the new collaborative agreement, Rackspace private cloud platform will be deployed onto servers that CERN utilises for production physics experiments and help CERN experience the benefits of hybrid cloud services.

CERN physicists and engineers use advanced science and technology to further our understanding of the universe. The scientists conduct ground-breaking experiments to study the basic constituents of matter – the fundamental particles. By using some of the largest and most powerful particle accelerators in the world, including its Large Hadron Collider (LHC), CERN produces more than 25 petabytes of data annually.

CERN uses OpenStack private cloud to solve its big data challenges. It uses the OpenStack software to manage the resources across its two datacentres that power the LHC to help unlock the mysteries of the universe. 

A promoter of open source technologies, CERN released its World Wide Web software freely into the public domain in 1993.

“We have just celebrated the 20th anniversary of CERN’s decision to make its World Wide Web software freely available. We see great value in open source technologies like OpenStack. They foster continuous technological improvements through community contributions, while also giving us the ability to quickly address challenges, such as massive scaling,” said Tim Bell, infrastructure manager in the IT department at CERN.

The partnership with open cloud provider will help CERN accelerate its innovation on top of an OpenStack-based hybrid cloud, he added.


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