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SANTA CLARA, Calif.–Dell, Opscode and Rackspace on March 9 demonstrated what they described as the first fully automated provisioning of a multinode OpenStack cloud, a new de facto cloud operating system.

The demo was staged during an OpenStack gathering at the third annual Cloud Connect conference here at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

The demonstration showed that it is possible to provision an OpenStack compute cloud from bare metal hardware in one hour.

Dell contributed its recently launched OpenStack installer, Opscode its Chef open-source software for cloud infrastructure automation and Rackspace its Cloud Builder software and cloud environment.

In the demonstration, which also uses Dell’s installer tool and blade servers, each server node boots from bare metal, registers itself with the admin server, obtains a base operating system and is assigned its role in the OpenStack infrastructure. Servers then are updated with all of the latest packages and automatically configured by Opscode’s Chef to provide services in the OpenStack infrastructure.

The OpenStack open source cloud project, launched in July 2010 by Rackspace, has earned rapid industry support with more than 50 organizations now participating in the project, which is intended to create an open and standard cloud operating system.

For more, read the eWEEK article: Dell, Rackspace, Opscode Demonstrate Automated OpenStack Cloud.