OpenStack Adds Private Cloud-Building Features

Posted on: November 11, 2011

  • OpenStack, one of several open source options for building a private cloud, launched its fourth release in a little over a year on Thursday with several features that make it easier to manage an enterprise cloud.


  • OpenStack is the big open source project founded by NASA and Rackspace in July 2010 that competes with Eucalyptus Systems, an Amazon Web Services compatible offering, and Nimbula, a vendor neutral cloud operating system from the architects of AWS’ EC2. In addition, three startups–Piston Cloud Computing,, and Nebula–have adopted OpenStack as the basis of their commercial offerings, making it the favorite for building a private cloud. Former NASA CTO Chris Kemp left the space agency in order to found Nebula, a private cloud appliance company, which launched in July of this year; the appliance runs OpenStack software.


  • OpenStack has attracted the broadest following so far in terms of cloud open source code software. The project lists over 100 member companies, including Citrix Systems, Dell, and Cisco–and got a boost earlier this month when HP announced it will adopt the OpenStack software as the heart of its own cloud initiative. HP has a representative, the recently hired former head of Rackspace software development John Purrier, on the OpenStack board. HP will sponsor the OpenStack Summit which opens in Boston on Oct. 3. HP’s cloud with both compute and storage services launched Sept. 7, but it is still a private beta offering.

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