Rackspace Launches OpenStack to Rival Amazon

Leading web-hosting company Rackspace has this week announced that it will globally launch an open-source infrastructure-as-service platform, named OpenStack in early August of this year. Rackspace hope by hitting the market with OpenStack that they can steal some of the market share from Amazon Web Services (AWS).

The public offering from Rackspace includes the usually servers and databases, as well as filing object storage with a content delivery network, cloud sites, load balancers, monitoring and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) for PHP and .NET.

Vice president of technology of Rackspace, Nigel Beighton spoke to IT management website Computerworld UK about the deal:

“This is a big deal for the market because users will be able to play with many open stack clouds – there will be no lock-in. Although we are the first, not far behind us are the likes of HP, IBM and Intel all planning to launch. People will no longer need to have all their eggs in one basket.”

He went on to say: “I’d love to think that those other vendors are a long way from launching, but the reality is that it won’t be long before they implement it. Customers will be able to use the same tools, the same APIs and the same knowledge across multiple clouds.”

Rackspace consider the functionality of OpenStack to be better that what AWS can offer and expect that major cloud users who do not want to put everything into one cloud will be intrigued to sample what the new Rackspace service has to offer.

OpenStack launches in the US on 1 August, 2012 and goes live in the UK on 15 August, 2012 before being rolled out globally.

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