AT&T announced that it has joined the OpenStack community to deliver an open-source cloud computing platform.
AT&T has joined the
OpenStack community as the first major carrier to take part in the open-source
cloud computing project.
By joining OpenStack,
AT&T can lend its hand in pushing the project forward while also tapping
into the OpenStack cloud technology for AT&T's own developer cloud
initiative announced Jan. 9. OpenStack is an infrastructure as a service (IAAS)
cloud computing project by Rackspace Cloud and NASA. More than 140 companies
have joined the project including Citrix Systems, Dell, AMD, Intel, Canonical,
SUSE Linux, HP and Cisco. It is free open-source software released under the
terms of the Apache License.
In a Jan. 9 post
on the OpenStack blog
, Mark Collier, vice president of marketing at
Rackspace and a key "stacker" in the OpenStack community,
welcomed AT&T into the OpenStack fold.
, John Donovan, chief technology officer at AT&T said: "We
also announced today that AT&T has become the first U.S. telecom services
provider to join the OpenStack initiative, a community of more than 140
technology companies worldwide. We've been participating in OpenStack for more
than a year and have already contributed a blueprint for a potential new
function within OpenStack, focused on transactional task management.
"We're housing our OpenStack
capabilities on dedicated infrastructure in three AT&T data centers today,
with locations in Dallas, San Diego, and Secaucus, N.J. We plan to more
than double the number of our centers with open-source capabilities in 2012."
AT&T announced a new Cloud Architect
effort at its 2012
AT&T Developer Summit
that was held in Las Vegas Jan 8-9, just prior to
the 2012 International Consumer Electronics
there. AT&T also plans to hold a Developer University at CES Jan
Donovan said AT&T Cloud
Architect is a developer-centric cloud with cost-efficient access to highly
flexible, integrated computing and application-development services.
"While we deliver a
differentiated cloud experience to a wide range of enterprise customers,
providing them private and virtual private cloud solutions, coupled with the
security and performance of their MPLS-based [Multiprotocol Label
Switching-based] corporate VPNs, we also understand that developers' cloud
needs differ significantly from those of enterprises," Donovan said.
"Developers need the reliability and stability of our differentiated cloud too,
but first and foremost, developers need flexibility, affordability and speed in
turning up new services."
Donovan added that Cloud
Architect will provide a variety of options and configurations, where users
will be able to set up public and private computing instances or choose to
build from the ground up with AT&T's bare metal or dedicated server
"Cloud Architect will be
available in coming weeks, and our developer-centric service offers will expand
throughout the year," Donovan said.