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Rackspace Open Cloud Offers Easily Scalable Computing

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Rackspace has announced the unlimited availability of cloud databases and cloud servers powered by OpenStack, along with a powerful and streamlined new control panel.

These solutions further expand Rackspace's broad cloud hosting portfolio, used today by more than 180,000 customers worldwide.

These products mark the first time a company deployed a large-scale, open source public cloud powered by OpenStack. Customers can now select from private, public or hybrid offerings and have the flexibility to deploy their solutions in a Rackspace data center or another data center of their choice.

Rackspace's open cloud products also give application developers and IT organizations in businesses large and small the ability to build, test and deploy applications in the cloud for the first time without being locked-in.

The new Cloud Servers powered by OpenStack deliver increased efficiency, scalability and agility to customers, who can launch as many as 200 reliable cloud servers in 20 minutes.

Rackspace recently announced a celebration of the second anniversary of the OpenStack open-source cloud computing platform for building public or private clouds, according to an article on eWEEK.com.

Why Cloud Computing Needs to - and Will - Go Open Source
Three words: agility, flexibility and customization.

They're the "big three" buzzwords companies cite to justify their investments in cloud computing. But while today's leading cloud players have the best technological interests in mind, financial interests are prohibiting them from delivering an open environment for cloud computing, according to an article at Forbes

Open source, particularly Linux, has based itself upon these three benefits since its inception. And after 20 years of Linux success, an historical inflection point has been reached where openness is not only accepted, it is demanded.

First the operating system and then virtualized environments - where in each case, after an initial wave of proprietary options came an emergence - and then acceptance - of open source solutions. And now, history is repeating itself yet again with cloud computing, as projects like OpenStack, a community software project to build private and public clouds, have bust out this year with the backing of thousands of developers and technological minds. OpenStack now has the support of over 180 public and private organizations worldwide.

Open source was born in an effort to make technology more collaborative, affordable and available to all.

Cloud Computing Specialists Snapped Up
Less than a week after VMware announced plans to spend $1.26 billion to acquire Nicira - the cloud-computing, network-virtualization specialist - Oracle has agreed to buy Xsigo for an undisclosed sum, another supplier of network virtualization technology, according to The Financial Times.

Xsigo claims several hundred business customers, including British Telecom, eBay, SoftBank and Verizon, while Nicira counts AT&T, NTT and Rackspace among its existing users.

The two deals highlight just how fast the market for virtualization software is consolidating and the growing importance for companies such as VMware and Oracle to be able to provide their customers with a full suite of virtualization tools.

These tools enable companies to dynamically manage their computing resources, including physical infrastructure, more easily, and increase or reduce capacity quickly, simplifying operations and reducing costs.

Xsigo's software-defined networking technology simplifies cloud infrastructure and data center operations, allowing customers to connect any server to any network and storage on demand, thereby increasing utilization and application performance while reducing cost.

More Stories By Patrick Burke

Patrick Burke is a writer and editor based in the greater New York area and occasionally blogs for Rackspace Hosting.

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