OpenLogic Brings Open-Source PaaS to Rackspace

By Frank Ohlhorst  |  Posted 2011-12-27 Print this article Print

Cloud hosting provider Rackspace expands its open-source offerings by incorporating OpenLogic's CloudSwing platform into its Cloud Tools program.

Open-source cloud services provider OpenLogic announced Dec. 27 it has joined the Cloud Tools program with Rackspace Hosting, enabling CloudSwing to be deployed on the Rackspace Cloud. Rackspace Cloud Tools is a showcase site for the company's strategic partners and independent developers to work with Rackspace Cloud to share tools, applications and services.

"The Rackspace Cloud and CloudSwing are both built to handle the highly flexible and on-demand environments that enterprises need to deploy in the cloud," said Ven Shanmugam, senior manager of strategy and corporate development at Rackspace. "We welcome OpenLogic into our Cloud Tools community."

OpenLogic CloudSwing is a flexible platform-as-a-service (PaaS) cloud solution that offers cost tracking and complete customization of technology stacks. The partnership allows Rackspace Cloud customers to use OpenLogic CloudSwing to create their own customized PaaS by deploying preconfigured or customized stacks on top of their Cloud Servers.

"We are excited to expand OpenLogic CloudSwing's momentum to the Rackspace Cloud customer ecosystem," said Kim Weins, senior vice president of marketing of OpenLogic. "CloudSwing has more than tripled the number of users in the first 60 days. As enterprises look to build customized PaaS environments in the Rackspace Cloud, we anticipate this growth to continue."

CloudSwing users will be able to manage and monitor applications deployed in the Rackspace Cloud from the CloudSwing Dashboard.

The Rackspace partnership should prove ideal for OpenLogic, which has recently integrated the New Relic Standard Edition cloud application monitoring solution into CloudSpace. New Relic allows developers to control how a PaaS solution behaves down to its finest details and is based on open-source technologies, so CloudSwing is free from the dangers of cloud vendor lock-in.

"Offering New Relic Standard free of charge for complete application monitoring allows CloudSwing to go beyond the server- or instance-level monitoring offered by most cloud providers. New Relic provides all of the key metrics that our CloudSwing customers need to monitor and manage their cloud applications," said Rod Cope, OpenLogic CTO, in that press release.

Those looking into building PaaS solutions can benefit by the flexibility offered by combining a large host with open-source tools, which also incorporate advance management and monitoring capabilities. Rackspace with CloudSwing and New Relic should deliver the capabilities to get quickly started in the PaaS realm.

Frank Ohlhorst Frank J. Ohlhorst is the Executive Technology Editor for eWeek Channel Insider and brings with him over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology field.He began his career as a network administrator and applications program in the private sector for two years before joining a computer consulting firm as a programmer analyst. In 1988 Frank founded a computer consulting company, which specialized in network design, implementation, and support, along with custom accounting applications developed in a variety of programming languages.In 1991, Frank took a position with the United States Department of Energy as a Network Manager for multiple DOE Area Offices with locations at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPL), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), FermiLAB and the Ames Area Office (AMESAO). Frank's duties included managing the site networks, associated staff and the inter-network links between the area offices. He also served at the Computer Security Officer (CSO) for multiple DOE sites. Frank joined CMP Technology's Channel group in 1999 as a Technical Editor assigned to the CRN Test Center, within a year, Frank became the Senior Technical Editor, and was responsible for designing product testing methodologies, assigning product reviews, roundups and bakeoffs to the CRN Test Center staff.In 2003, Frank was named Technology Editor of CRN. In that capacity, he ensured that CRN maintained a clearer focus on technology and increased the integration of the Test Center's review content into both CRN's print and web properties. He also contributed to Netseminar's, hosted sessions at CMP's Xchange Channel trade shows and helped to develop new methods of content delivery, Such as CRN-TV.In September of 2004, Frank became the Director of the CRN Test Center and was charged with increasing the Test Center's contributions to CMP's Channel Web online presence and CMP's latest monthly publication, Digital Connect, a magazine geared towards the home integrator. He also continued to contribute to CMP's Netseminar series, Xchange events, industry conferences and CRN-TV.In January of 2007, CMP Launched CRNtech, a monthly publication focused on technology for the channel, with a mailed audience of 70,000 qualified readers. Frank was instrumental in the development and design of CRNTech and was the editorial director of the publication as well as its primary contributor. He also maintained the edit calendar, and hosted quarterly CRNTech Live events.In June 2007, Frank was named Senior Technology Analyst and became responsible for the technical focus and edit calendars of all the Channel Group's publications, including CRN, CRNTech, and VARBusiness, along with the Channel Group's specialized publications Solutions Inc., Government VAR, TechBuilder and various custom publications. Frank joined Ziff Davis Enterprise in September of 2007 and focuses on creating editorial content geared towards the purveyors of Information Technology products and services. Frank writes comparative reviews, channel analysis pieces and participates in many of Ziff Davis Enterprise's tradeshows and webinars. He has received several awards for his writing and editing, including back to back best review of the year awards, and a president's award for CRN-TV. Frank speaks at many industry conferences, is a contributor to several IT Books, holds several records for online hits and has several industry certifications, including Novell's CNE, Microsoft's MCP.Frank can be reached at

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