Rackspace and HP have each brought major portions of their cloud offerings based on the OpenStack code out of beta and into general availability today.
Backers of the open source project call the moves a milestone for OpenStack that affirms the progress it has made since it began in 2010, with Rackspace now spinning up the largest deployment of an OpenStack-powered cloud to date. "This has been a big piece of work," says Rackspace CTO John Engates. "It's our biggest product to date and it represents us implementing technology that we've been developing within the OpenStack community for some time and making it available for real customer consumption."
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HP, meanwhile, has made its OpenStack-based Object Storage and Content Delivery Network generally available. HP will be contributing the code it used to build the CDN back to the OpenStack community for integration into the project.
Gartner analyst Lydia Leong says the news from Rackspace and HP is a landmark for the open source project. "It's the first time that anyone is running significant production workloads on OpenStack," she says. "This is kind of the big test: Does this work in production?"
Rackspace and HP are convinced it does, after running their products in large-scale test modes for the past few months. Rackspace CTO Engates says features will be added to the company's OpenStack-powered cloud services as the project's code continues to mature. For example, block storage will be added, as well as virtual networking capabilities, which will give users greater flexibility to create and deploy virtual public or private networks through APIs and a newly designed Rackspace dashboard, which was also launched today. Rackspace will be introducing those components sometime this year, Engates says.
The broader OpenStack community is working on virtual networking functionality through a project named Quantum, which has been led largely by software-defined networking company Nicira, which VMware recently purchased for $1.26 billion.