Rackspace and Intel have announced a partnership to accelerate the development of the OpenStack cloud computing framework, bringing together engineers from the two firms and involving the creation of a large-scale developer cloud that will be available to the OpenStack community.
The two firms have announced the creation of the OpenStack Innovation Centre as a focus of efforts to spur the development of enterprise-grade capabilities in OpenStack, while significantly adding to the number of developers contributing to upstream OpenStack code.
The OpenStack Innovation Centre will be located at Rackspace's corporate headquarters in San Antonio, Texas, and will bring together OpenStack engineers from Intel and Rackspace to focus on improving the scalability, manageability and reliability of the OpenStack code.
"We are excited to collaborate with Intel and look forward to working with the OpenStack community to make the world's leading open source cloud operating system even stronger," said Rackspace senior vice president for product and strategy, Scott Crenshaw.
As part of the collaboration, the two firms are also building up infrastructure at Rackspace's San Antonio site comprising two 1,000-node clusters to support large-scale testing of OpenStack and any new features developed through the joint engineering work.
This infrastructure, which is it claimed will be the largest OpenStack developer cloud once up and running, is expected to be available for use by the OpenStack community within the next six months.
Rackspace and Intel are also looking to step up the training of new engineers and developers with OpenStack expertise, promising to offer courseware designed to increase the number of open source developers actively contributing to the success of the community.
Intel is the world's largest provider of server processor chips, and is a key backer of OpenStack.
The company showcased new technologies at the most recent OpenStack Summit in Vancouver, such as Clear Linux, a lightweight operating system optimised for running containers in a cloud environment.
However, as far as Intel is concerned, this is just part of a broader 'Cloud for All' initiative through which the firm aims to accelerate cloud adoption by making public, private and hybrid cloud solutions easier to deploy.
Meanwhile, Rackspace was one of the original founders of the OpenStack project in 2010, but handed control to an independent governing body created for the purpose, the OpenStack Foundation.
"The community's goal is to foster collaboration and spur innovation that drives broad adoption," said Jonathan Bryce, executive director of the OpenStack Foundation.
"The depth of experience and community engagement that Rackspace and Intel offer make this an exciting project, as the code contributions and large-scale testing will benefit everyone who uses OpenStack."
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