Rackspace's backing of OpenStack shouldn't be too surprising, given that the company developed the platform jointly with NASA. Still, Rackspace has signaled a deep commitment: The company recently revealed it plans to deploy the open source software across its entire cloud infrastructure. Specifically, the company is replacing its Cloud Servers VM-provisioning software with OpenStack starting this year.
Citrix, meanwhile, has also made a commitment to OpenStack in the form of a commercialized version of the platform dubbed Project Olympus. Project Olympus, according to Citrix, is a combination of a certified version of the open source bits of OpenStack that Citrix will bring down, test, certify, QA, package, and support, and a bundled cloud-optimized version of the company's hypervisor platform, Citrix XenServer. Due out by the end of this year, Project Olympus also promises tighter integration with Citrix's XenApp, XenDesktop, and NetScaler offerings.
Several lesser-known organizations are also investing in OpenStack:
- Managed backup and data recovery provider SecurStore announced plans earlier this month to use OpenStack and Rackspace Cloud Builders deployment for its cloud storage services.
- Cloud-based systems management company ScaleXtreme announced support for OpenStack as well as Project Olympus, thereby offering customers the ability to provision and manage servers on OpenStack-based virtualization systems in public, private, or hybrid-cloud deployments.
- rPath, which automates software system construction, deployment, configuration, and maintenance across physical, virtual, and cloud environments, announced the launch of its OpenStack Compute Appliance, which allows users to automatically deploy, configure, and update to the OpenStack cloud platform on both physical and virtual infrastructures;
- Nebula announced a turnkey OpenStack hardware appliance designed to help organizations easily deploy large private clouds, within minutes, from thousands of inexpensive computers.
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