Dell has been an early supporter of the OpenStack project; one of the company's principal architects, Rob Hirschfeld, sits on the OpenStack Board of Directors. Thus far, Dell has focused its efforts mostly on private cloud OpenStack deployments, which it encourages users to run on Dell servers using Crowbar, a tool that provides reference architecture to simplify cloud deployments. For public cloud services, Dell has partnered with companies like Rackspace and has made its system compatible with APIs from Amazon Web Services. A public cloud offering that the company could roll out later this year would provide that capability natively, without the need to rely on partners.
This year, OpenStack backers hope to release two new versions of its code, one in the spring and another in the fall.
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