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Rackspace Private Cloud Now On OpenStack Grizzly; Adds Virtual Networks, Active Directory Integration

We want to keep our OpenStack®-powered Rackspace Private Cloud Software as up-to-date as possible. And today, we launched the latest version of the software, which is built on the most recent stable release of OpenStack, Grizzly. Grizzly is the seventh and latest version of OpenStack based on the alphabetical naming of releases and includes more than 230 new features to support production operations at scale and integrate into enterprise environments. Previous releases include Diablo, Essex and Folsom.

This Grizzly-fueled latest version of Private Cloud Software adds a number of new features that empower you to manage virtual networks, use single sign-on and leverage external storage arrays all in your private cloud environments. The new features available today include Active Directory and LDAP integration; OpenStack Networking for creating and modifying virtual networks; and advanced block storage support.

Since the initial launch of Private Cloud Software in August 2012, thousands of you in more than 150 countries and on all seven continents – even Antarctica! – have downloaded it. Businesses around the world see the value of private cloud as a part of a hybrid cloud solution, which creates the perfect mix of private cloud, public cloud and dedicated bare metal servers to offer the best fit for your application. These businesses understand the tremendous value in putting the right workloads and applications on the best platform to maximize total cost of ownership, reliability, performance and security.

Along with the latest release of Private Cloud Software we also offer two different tiers of support: Core Software Support and Software Escalation Support. We take all the lessons we learned from running the largest OpenStack-powered cloud in the world to help you design, deploy and operate your private cloud, either on-premise in your data center or hosted in a Rackspace data center of your choice.

To see how financial services giant Fidelity is leveraging an OpenStack-powered private cloud as a building block for its hybrid cloud approach, check out this video from GigaOm Structure. Another customer, HubSpot, also leverages a private cloud as part of its hybrid cloud footprint at Rackspace. To learn more, check out this keynote presentation from OpenStack Summit Portland. And fisoc, also a Rackspace customer, relies on its private cloud environment to meet strict compliance requirements for its merchant-funded loyalty program, Buzz PointTM, which rewards community bank and credit union customers for shopping at local businesses.

One of the most exciting new features in the latest version of Private Cloud Software is OpenStack Networking, codename Neutron (formerly known as Quantum). You can now create, edit and delete virtual networks for private cloud environments. With the new functionality, you can create virtual networks within your environments to isolate virtual machines within private clouds. This powerful feature allows you to run multiple virtually segregated environments within the same cloud. For example, if the finance department requires isolation from the rest of the cloud, it can use this feature to put boundaries around its virtual machines to ensure that no one else outside of that department can access its compute resources.

Another new feature, Active Directory and LDAP support, comes integrated with OpenStack Grizzly and eliminates the hassle of managing a separate list of users and passwords to access to the private cloud resources. With this capability, users who access the private cloud can do so by using their single sign-on or corporate user account.

Lastly, the addition of block storage support enables you to utilize external storage arrays from EMC, NetApp and SolidFire within your Rackspace Private Cloud environments. Using the OpenStack Block Storage project and drivers written specifically for these external storage platforms boosts the available storage capacity in your cloud environment by attaching enterprise storage arrays. This can then be used to store the data, virtual machines and images required to operate the private cloud. You can then also make use of the advanced features that are available on the array – these features will differ based on the platform, but could include powerful capabilities such as de-duplication and replication.

To check out and download the latest version, go to the Rackspace Private Cloud Software page. We’d love to hear your feedback so be sure to drop us an email at rpcfeedback@rackspace.com or join the conversation in the Private Cloud forums.

About the Author

This is a post written and contributed by Mike Aeschliman.

Mike Aeschliman is Vice President of Technology and Engineering for the Rackspace Private Cloud. He joined Rackspace in 2012 after nearly 17 years in various technology roles, including Chief Architect, at Fidelity Investments in Boston.


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