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Take The Open Cloud For A Test Drive!

When we launched OpenStack with NASA just over two years ago, we knew we were onto something. We wanted to create an open-source cloud operating system upon which businesses could power their cloud environments, without getting locked into one provider. That was a bold and aggressive goal. We were aiming for the stars.

But here we are two years later. OpenStack now powers the world’s second-largest public cloud — the one we run at Rackspace — and the OpenStack community continues to grow and thrive. It now comprises 192 companies including HP, IBM and Dell and 5,564 technologists, developers, researchers, and other cloud computing experts.

OpenStack is sparking an open cloud revolution, and it’s noticeable here at Cloud Connect Chicago, where I just gave the keynote presentation. The attendees get it. In the halls, on the expo floor and in the sessions, vendor lock-in is a common topic of conversation, and a major concern. They don’t want to be tied to a single cloud provider. They’ve grown weary of the excuses of closed, proprietary cloud vendors.

As I said on stage, we’ve never liked the idea of lock-in. It violates the longstanding Rackspace emphasis on putting the customer first.  It’s one of the main things that drove us to team up with NASA to build and launch OpenStack.

And with OpenStack and our growing suite of open cloud products – Cloud Servers, Cloud Files, Cloud Databases, Private Cloud and (coming soon) Cloud Networks and Cloud Block Storage – you can now leverage the power of the open cloud in your own environment. It’s a huge achievement for us and for our customers, as we’ve gone all in with OpenStack as the engine that drives our public cloud. But this move has a bigger impact beyond just Rackspace. It paves the way for technology democratization and is helping to build the foundation of standards in the cloud computing industry.

But what about companies and individuals that want the agility and flexibility of a cloud environment, but with the same control and privacy they had with their on-premise infrastructure?

This is the best part: we’re offering them OpenStack-based Private Cloud Software for free. The software, dubbed “Alamo,” is available through a quick and easy download and offers the ability to spin up an OpenStack-powered private cloud in less than an hour. Imagine that. Bare metal to a private cloud in less time than an episode of Law & Order – and it’s free.

My ask of you today is that you download the Rackspace Private Cloud Software powered by OpenStack. Give it a test drive. You’ll find it’s the easiest way to use and consume OpenStack.

Offering free Private Cloud Software is just another example of our open cloud dreams coming true. What started with a wouldn’t-it-be-cool-if discussion with NASA has evolved into a full-fledged open cloud revolution.

Join us on the journey to the open cloud and take the Rackspace Private Cloud Software for a spin. And let me know what you think: jengates@rackspace.com

About the Author

This is a post written and contributed by John Engates.

John Engates joined Rackspace in August 2000, just a year after the company was founded, as Vice President of Operations, managing the datacenter operations and customer-service teams. Most recently, John has played an active role in the evolution and evangelism of Rackspace’s cloud-computing strategy and cloud products.

John is also an internationally recognized cloud computing expert and a sought-after speaker at technology conferences, including CA World, the Goldman Sachs Techtonics Conference and Cloud Expo. He speaks on the future of cloud computing, enterprise cloud adoption, data center efficiency, green data center best practices, and more.

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