Today the next-generation Cloud Servers, powered by OpenStack™, completed the private Alpha phase and entered the Beta phase. This transition is a huge milestone for OpenStack and for the Open era of the cloud. Through the Alpha program, working with our customers and early users, we have learned a lot. What we have today is their input resulting in substantial improvements – from better API responsiveness to the ability for a single user to concurrently spin up hundreds of servers within minutes. These are concrete steps towards making the OpenStack-based Cloud platform ready for production scale deployments. The Beta phase will allow us to continue to advance development towards that goal and Rackspace vision and enrich the user experience.
Rackspace is powering one of the largest public clouds in the world. We have the capability to test tens of thousands of instances in our Beta environment and we are committed to testing OpenStack at a new level of service provider scale and performance. We will continue developing and testing until it reaches the level of stability and reliability that our customers expect. Our bar is high. In fact, we have invested thousands of man-hours and millions of dollars in the infrastructure alone.
RightScale, one of our partners who utilizes these new tools, has been working and testing with us as we develop next-generation Cloud Servers.
“We have been working with Rackspace for quite a while now and are excited to have been part of the Alpha program. Our initial experience has shown what we expected…that Rackspace’s leadership in the OpenStack community has positioned them well to make Cloud Servers faster, more scalable and provide a reliable platform for partners like us and for their customers. It is exciting to watch the OpenStack community continue to grow and to be part of the ecosystem creating real products that solve real user problems.” Bailey Caldwell, VP – RightScale
For OpenStack and cloud computing as a whole, our movement into the Beta phase signals a milestone in the maturity of this type of computing. With the contribution of the code that powers our Cloud Files product, we helped launch OpenStack Object Storage. Today, Rackspace Cloud Files is one of the largest OpenStack-based object stores on the planet and is now hosting billions of objects for thousands of customers. We hope to continue contributing code to advance the offering of an open cloud computing platform for the benefit of our customers and the industry as a whole.
We continue to be actively involved in many OpenStack projects and my colleague, Troy Toman, will be posting about those activities soon. The community is growing and we will all benefit from the flourishing ecosystem of more than 150 companies and thousands of developers.
We are fast approaching production-readiness, delivering on the promise of an open platform that will change the way companies think about and consume cloud computing. Stay tuned for future blog posts in which we will keep you updated on our progress along the way. Meanwhile, if you would like to be considered for the Beta program, please fill out the following Beta Survey. Welcome to the future of Rackspace and cloud computing!