Rackspace Releases OpenStack “Alamo” for Private Clouds

Co-founder of OpenStack, and global leader in public cloud computing, Rackspace has this week released a private cloud distribution that is simple and easy for companies to install, and can be set-up within just 30 minutes.

In a press release on the official Rackspace blog, the private cloud offering, code named “Alamo”, incorporates the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS host OS and has been made available as a free download from the Rackspace website. According to the blog, the hosting company has based the software on their experience in operating OpenStack-based public and private clouds in a variety of environments.

Users of the software will be able to deploy private clouds in minutes and purchase support separately.

“The Rackspace Private Cloud Software combines the capabilities of public cloud with the customization, reliability and control advantages of a dedicated environment. Customers now have a simple way to install an OpenStack-based private cloud in their own datacenter, at Rackspace, or in a colocation facility,” states the official blog.

Jim Curry, general manager of Private Cloud business at Rackspace said, “We believe that the majority of our customers and cloud users will be running hybrid cloud environments for a long time. Today’s announcement allows businesses to utilize their existing investment in their own datacenter resources to run an open cloud solution for additional control and customization and also take advantage of Rackspace’s datacenter options.”

The software is the latest addition to the Rackspace Private Cloud Suite with OpenStack Training and Support Services.

Having turned on OpenStack just last month, Rackspace, along with co-creator NASA has seen the software generate plenty of interest, as well as backing from more than 180 companies.

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