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Rackspace and NASA partner on open-source cloud platform OpenStack, with Rackspace noting more than 25 companies, including Citrix and Dell, support open-source cloud platform to accelerate industry standards.

Hosting and cloud computing specialist Rackspace Hosting announced the launch of OpenStack, an open-source cloud platform designed to foster the emergence of technology standards and cloud interoperability. OpenStack will feature several cloud infrastructure components including a fully distributed object store based on Rackspace Cloud Files, available via OpenStack.org. The company said the next component planned for release is a scalable compute-provisioning engine based on the NASA Nebula cloud technology and Rackspace Cloud Servers technology, which is expected to be available later this year.

Rackspace and NASA also announced a plan to actively collaborate on joint technology development and leverage the efforts of open-source software developers worldwide, based on their joint experience in building large scale cloud platforms and their desire to embrace open-source technology. NASA and Rackspace said by using these open components, organizations would be able to turn physical hardware into scalable and extensible cloud environments using the same code currently in production serving tens of thousands of customers and large government projects.

An OpenStack Design Summit hosted by Rackspace was held July 13-16 in Austin, Texas, where more than 100 technical advisers, developers and founding members joined to validate the code and ratify the project roadmap, with more than 25 companies represented, including AMD, Dell, Citrix and Spiceworks.

"We believe in offering customers choice in cloud computing that helps them improve efficiency," says Forrest Norrod, vice president and general manager of server platforms at Dell. "OpenStack on Dell is a great option to create open-source enterprise cloud solutions."

Rackspace and NASA said they have committed to use OpenStack to power their cloud platforms, and Rackspace will dedicate open-source developers and resources to support adoption of OpenStack among enterprises and service providers.

"We are founding the OpenStack initiative to help drive industry standards, prevent vendor lock-in and generally increase the velocity of innovation in cloud technologies," said Lew Moorman, president of cloud and CSO at Rackspace. "We are proud to have NASA’s support in this effort. Its Nebula Cloud Platform is a tremendous boost to the OpenStack community. We expect ongoing collaboration with NASA and the rest of the community to drive more-rapid cloud adoption and innovation, in the private and public spheres."