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Rackspace, NASA launch OpenStack: Can it prevent cloud lock-in?

Jul 19, 2010, 18:06 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Larry Dignan)

"Rackspace on Monday launched OpenStack, an open source cloud computing operating system, designed to take on the likes of VMware's vSphere and Microsoft's Azure. NASA, Citrix and Dell are among the key partners.

"While it's early in the cloud computing game, the playbook of creating an operating system—proprietary in many cases—to garner a dominant position is alive and well. These cloud operating systems are designed to meld private and public cloud platforms. Like the PC industry, the cloud OS is seen as an entry to providing a complete IT stack.

"Rackspace, a key hosting and cloud computing provider, is hoping to change that operating system equation a bit (Techmeme). In a nutshell, Rackspace is donating the code behind its Cloud Files and Cloud Servers offering to the OpenStack project. Open Stack will also use the code behind the NASA Nebula Cloud Platform."

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