When we started OpenStack, the goal was to form a community of like-minded companies and contributors to push for an open alternative to proprietary cloud software. We saw open source as a platform to foster swift innovation and to give customers more choice.
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At its core, hybrid cloud is about flexibility and choice – it’s the ability to choose the infrastructure that is the best fit for your specific workload through a combination of public and private clouds and dedicated hardware. At Rackspace, we do this on cloud platforms built on open standards, specifically OpenStack. In this kind of model, cloud interoperability is imperative.
This is a guest post written and contributed by Darren Johnson, director of ecommerce for LoveSac, a Rackspace Hybrid Cloud Customer. LoveSac is a fast-growing multi-channel retailer that sells unique furniture products.
For the past 5 years I’ve worked on the Corporate Development & Strategy team at Rackspace helping our hybrid cloud platform take shape. In that role, I was instrumental in building the ecosystem, getting OpenStack going and working on acquisitions for Rackspace. That experience has shown me that for SaaS businesses the best place they can run is at Rackspace.
The federation of multiple clouds in the real world isn’t far out of reach, and through a CERN openlab research project, CERN and Rackspace are probing the possibility of true federated hybrid clouds built on OpenStack.