Rackspace is keeping up the momentum behind the open-source OpenStack cloud computing platform it helped invent, offering a ready-configured build of the software that customers can download to get started with a private cloud project.
Available to download now, Rackspace Private Cloud Software is a pre-integrated and tested configuration of the OpenStack Essex release, built with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS as the host operating system and using KVM as the hypervisor technology.
The move follows a similar announcement by Red Hat earlier this week of a preview version of its own enterprise-ready OpenStack cloud build based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.
Rackspace said that its Private Cloud Software, previously codenamed Alamo, makes it simple for IT departments to install, test and run a multi-node OpenStack-based private cloud environment in a matter of minutes.
Alternatively, customers can use the package to install an OpenStack-based cloud in Rackspace's infrastructure, or in a third-party co-location facility.
"Rackspace Private Cloud based on OpenStack can be easily integrated into existing investments in desktop hardware, network layers and datacentre resources. From this point we anticipate that organisations will very quickly grasp the inherent control and customisation power that they have at their command," said Nigel Beighton, Rackspace's vice president of technology.
The pre-built package has been developed on the back of Rackspace's experience in deploying and operating OpenStack-based public and private clouds in a variety of environments, according to the firm, which recently went live with its own Open Cloud hosted service powered by OpenStack.
Rackspace is making the Private Cloud Software free to download and install, but organisations running the software will need to pay for support, or alternatively rely on the free support forums.
Paid Escalation Support includes 24x7x365 ticket and phone support from the experts at Rackspace, the firm said.
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