For his part, Balakrishnan noted that "Rackspace has established the reputation as being the experts as one of the founders of OpenStack." OpenStack began in 2010 as a joint project between Rackspace Hosting and NASA. And regarding the gap in skills being an OpenStack adoption blocker, he noted, "If there is an organization to help you succeed with OpenStack, it's Rackspace."
Balakrishnan added that the Red Hat for OpenStack offering brings organizations instant production readiness. It delivers commercially hardened code, integration with the Red Hat stack, an enterprise life cycle, and support and services, and it taps into a global partner ecosystem, he said.
Meanwhile, in a blog post, Balakrishnan said: "TD Bank is currently working to implement Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, and Graeme Peacock, vice president of engineering, TD Bank, says 'Given the bifurcation that has happened with UNIX over the last twenty years, we wanted a product that was open rather than proprietary, provided real enterprise support and provided the best possible future proofing in a rapidly evolving environment. We chose Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform for that reason.'"
Moreover, Rackspace provides customers with additional benefits through a managed deployment of Red Hat-powered private clouds, including a certified deployment of Red Hat Linux OpenStack Platform that is enterprise hardened and supported by a broad partner ecosystem.
In addition, further along the lines of reduced complexity, customers have a single point of contact that will deploy, manage and maintain their Red Hat-powered private cloud at Rackspace. As an additional feature of Rackspace Private Cloud powered by Red Hat, customers have the flexibility of bringing their own Red Hat subscriptions to Rackspace, using Red Hat Cloud Access.
"We are consistently hearing feedback from enterprises that one of the primary barriers to OpenStack adoption continues to be the operational complexities around deployment," said Gina Longoria, senior analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy, in a statement. "With Rackspace expanding their offerings to provide a tested and managed deployment of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, customers can take out a lot of the uncertainty of the do it yourself model and leverage the OpenStack as-a-service product portfolio at Rackspace. The company's leadership within OpenStack and long standing operational experience in running OpenStack powered clouds will continue to help drive enterprise adoption."
Rackspace Private Cloud powered by Red Hat is now generally available for customers globally.
"We will continue to offer our own upstream OpenStack powered private cloud, of course, but for companies who've built their stacks around a Red Hat partnership and are looking for an additional level of ongoing, expert support, Rackspace now has you covered," Hanson said in his own blog post.