rPath Releases OpenStack Appliance to Open-Source Cloud Community

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-07-15 Print this article Print

The freely downloadable appliance was developed to make it easier for IT organizations to deploy and upgrade OpenStack software.

On-demand IT provider rPath added a key contribution to the open-source cloud-computing community July 13 when it launched its new OpenStack Compute Appliance.

The freely downloadable appliance in either ISO or VMware format was developed to make it easier for IT organizations to deploy and upgrade OpenStack software. The rPath appliance enables users to automatically deploy, configure and update to the OpenStack cloud platform on both physical and virtual infrastructures.

OpenStack software, a nonprofit organization, provides a massively scalable cloud operating system as an alternative to commercially available software stacks. Its three major components are computing, object storage and image servicing.

"While building and deploying OpenStack compute servers has been somewhat of a challenge for the OpenStack dev team, this arduous process is both unavoidable and essential for continuous test purposes," said Brett Adam, CTO at Raleigh, N.C.-based rPath.

"Since automated build, deployment and configuration of complex, multitier applications that include full OS and middleware stacks is precisely what we specialize in here, we knew that we were in a great position to help."

As part of this initiative, rPath will donate staff time and company technology for a test cloud based on equipment from Rackspace, Adam said.


Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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