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Providing users with programmatic control of their infrastructure has always been one of the primary value propositions of the Rackspace Cloud. The ability to deploy and manage a wide array of cloud resources with a few lines of code has brought new levels of automated efficiency to the IT industry and revolutionized how we think about managing our applications and workloads.
At OpenStack Summit Paris, Neutron networking drew a great deal of attention. From several well-attended presentations to daily book signings; there was a buzz around Neutron throughout the Summit.
Among the OpenStack projects getting the most attention here at the OpenStack Summit Paris is the Neutron networking project.
In May, we began offering limited availability of the Brocade Vyatta vRouter. This network appliance allows us to provide you software-based networking and securityfeatures, such as virtual private network (VPN), firewall, network address translation (NAT) and routing capabilities in the next generation open cloud. Until today, all Cloud Account customers who were interested in using the vRouter had to apply for access to this software appliance. Today, we are removing this limitation and offering unlimited availability of the vRouter to all of our Cloud Account customers.
Rackspace customers can now use the Brocade Vyatta vRouter, a software-based networking appliance, in the next generation open cloud.
In his recent blog post, Toby Owen hinted at future technology to extend our cloud into customers’ data centers. We’re working toward that end, but in the near term we want to allow our customers to create their own networks in our public cloud. To accomplish this we’re adopting cutting edge technology around Software Defined Networks (SDN). I’ll discuss our implementation of SDN more in future blogs, but for those of you at Interop this week in New York, Toby and I will present an overview of how we are using OpenFlow-based logical switches in our hypervisors. (Our session, “Taking Cloud to the Final Frontier – SDN and Network Virtualization – Presented by Rackspace Hosting,” is Thursday, October 4 at 11:00 a.m. eastern.) Managed by a Nicira controller, these switches allow users to create logical networks between compute instances.
I met up with famous business blogger Chris Brogan at the Blog World Expo (now named the New Media Expo) and we sat down to talk about blogging and what he’s seeing happen around the world inside corporate marketing. He also talks about what it takes to feed the blog beast as an independent blogger. Thanks Chris Brogan for dropping by! You can find him at http://www.chrisbrogan.com/
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