The Facebook-founded Open Compute Project opens up the hardware specs for servers and datacenters – the physical components of the infrastructure stack. It’s an ambitious project that takes the concepts of open source software and applies it to the hardware space.
<img style=”border: 0pt none; float:right; padding-left:10px; padding-bottom:10px” src=”http://c179631.r31.cf0.rackcdn.com/cloud-founders-feature-2.jpg” alt=”” width=”238″ height=”238″ />Rackspace built its business on open standards, and we wrapped our trademark Fanatical Support around them. OpenStack ups the ante, because it gives us the opportunity to not only consume these standards and technologies, but to participate in their development.
While Cloud Sites is an excellent product to host your website or application, many companies choose to compliment this with our other cloud offerings. There can be different parts of your configuration to handle your financial transactions, website, applications and media files, along with peaks from seasonal or marketing promotions.
As with all great products, Cloud Sites was built by a great team. In addition to Jonathan Bryce and Todd Morey, there were many other Rackers who put in a lot of blood, sweat and tears to create a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) to enable developers and designers to focus on their product without worrying about the hosting.
Before Cloud Sites, our Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) product was called The Hosting System; prior to the launch cloud founders Jonathan Bryce and Todd Morey needed to name the company that would offer the product.
Todd Morey and Jonathan Bryce, the Rackspace cloud founders, were doing some pretty revolutionary things to share resources and cluster servers. The core promise of Cloud Sites has remained consistent: to enable designers and developers to easily host their applications and websites. Today, we carry on this tradition, enabling our customers to focus on their code or on their design while we take care of the servers.
During my visit with cloud founders Jonathan Bryce and Todd Morey the conversation turned to how they first went to market with our original Cloud Sites product. The cloud founders said that to gauge interest in Cloud Sites, they essentially put up a website advertising the service along with a price. The interest was huge: in the first 48 hours 800 people signed up for a beta.
Todd Morey and Jonathan Bryce started working on Cloud Sites as a side project outside of Rackspace when one of the Rackspace founders asked them to bring the project in-house. The cloud founders realized that having both hardware and world class datacenters available to them would be extremely beneficial.