Rackspace will support private clouds that run outside of its data centers provided these clouds run OpenStack and use the specified hardware.
launched a kit that will make it possible for organizations to launch private
clouds based on OpenStack and still receive support from the company.
Rackspace Cloud: Private Edition is a package that businesses can use to set up
an OpenStack-based private cloud outside of the Rackspace environment, the
hosting provider said Nov. 7. The company will sell services to run the private
cloud and provide customers with its "fanatical support," Jim Curry,
general manager of Rackspace Cloud Builders, told eWEEK
package includes hardware, software and support. To qualify for Rackspace
support, an organization must deploy the current "Diablo" release of
the OpenStack software with specific features enabled and run the Rackspace
reference architecture, which includes hardware, system configuration and
networking requirements, Curry said.
learned a lot about what works and what doesn't work" when building out
OpenStack clouds, Curry said.
initial reference architecture is based on Dell PowerEdge servers, PowerVault
storage, and Cisco Catalyst and Nexus switches because that is what Rackspace
uses and is the most familiar with, according to Curry. The road map is
evolving, and Rackspace will certify other types of equipment over time.
is "very involved" with the Open Compute Project. and future versions
of the reference architecture will likely include Open Compute-approved
hardware, Curry said.
launched the Open Compute Project in April after building a highly efficient
data center in Prineville, Ore. Rackspace was one of the original founding
companies, according to Curry. Under the auspices of the Open Compute Project,
Facebook published some of the specifications and designs of the hardware
developed for Prineville. The aim was to encourage collaboration in designing
hardware and systems efficient enough for large and powerful Web data centers
by a adopting the model used in open-source software development.
and Open Compute is a really interesting combination," Curry said.
is a cloud operating system intended to remove vendor lock-in within the cloud;
it was jointly launched a little over a year ago by Rackspace and NASA. The
OpenStack cloud operating system is open source and readily available. The reference
architecture will also be made public.
acknowledged that enterprises can launch OpenStack cloud on the reference
architecture on their own, but said those businesses wouldn't receive any
support unless they buy the package. Rackspace is making technology "a
commodity" with the Private Edition, according to Curry.
will support enterprises that use Private Edition to run private clouds in an
internal data center with Rackspace or with a different hosting provider, Curry
said. Once the required hardware and software have been deployed, Rackspace
will support cloud maintenance, pushing out updates to the OpenStack operating
system and responding to customer issues, according to Curry.
is a first step for Rackspace, providing support outside our data
centers," Curry said.
expects to use the same tools and support team that customers see on the
hosting and public cloud side. The goal is to provide a "seamless support
experience across products," according to Curry.
has also compiled a list of system integrators and consulting companies that it
will recommend customers use for help with installing their OpenStack clouds.
Rackspace has given these companies the reference architecture and some
training on the kinds of deployments Rackspace will support. "We don't
want to deal with setting up the cloud," Curry said, but to focus on
a separate announcement on Nov. 8, Rackspace updated its RackConnect service
with automation capabilities to let users add cloud servers more easily. The
free service allows enterprises to connect its hosting environment with the
public cloud to create a hybrid environment. For example, with RackConnect
businesses can scale out with public cloud servers to support spikes in
with Rackspace Cloud: Private Edition within a Rackspace data center can use
RackConnect to connect to the public Rackspace cloud, Toby Owen, senior manager
of hybrid cloud product solutions at Rackspace, told eWEEK
Cloud: Private Edition is about going inside the customer environment and
partner data centers, while RackSpace is about creating more possibilities to
connect dedicated compute and cloud resources, Owen said.
it is possible there will be features added to create RackConnect-like
capabilities for the private cloud in the future, Curry said there is nothing
to discuss at this time.