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The Technology Behind the OpenStack Cloud Computing Project

Aug 26, 2010, 06:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jacek Furmankiewicz)

"Rackspace (a noted high-end hosting provider) and NASA recently announced a joint open source endeavor called OpenStack. The project aims to merge cloud computing technologies from both organizations into one common, open cloud computing platform.

"The rationale behind the Rackspace and NASA teams sharing their code on a project is simple. Neither of them is really a software development shop -- they specialize in different areas -- and the current cloud computing software they have was grown in-house either to satisfy internal requirements (NASA) or to offer a solution in a competitive market (Rackspace).

"In the case of Rackspace, they would like to see projects move away from proprietary, locked-in computing platforms (such as Amazon S3 or the Google App Engine) toward a common open standard."

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