Cloud hosting company Rackspace has debuted its Private Cloud software on Openstack Grizzly, the latest version of the Openstack system, and the release adds virtual networks and active directory integration to the Private Cloud.
Updated Software Seeds Clouds
With the Private Cloud now available for Openstack Grizzly, those who need either a private or hybrid cloud environment can deploy them on the open source network of virtualized machines. The abiltiy to quickly set up and launch a hybrid cloud on the popular Openstack network is especially helpful in the enterprise where some things simply won't make the move.
Some information is best left on in house machines for enterprise companies, an IT Channel Insight report from 2012 found, despite the fact most large companies are embracing the cloud at least partially. Gartner has estimated cloud computing will be a US$ 206 billion business by 2016, so the hybrid model will no doubt grow along with that overall market.
IT departments are struggling to adapt legacy systems to the cloud, and most, 80% by the IT Channel Insight report's measure, indeed recommend the hybrid cloud deployment. That's a huge incentive for companies like Rackspace to keep their systems updated, and the company's Private Cloud launch on Openstack is certainly a move in that direction.
Virtual Networks = More Flexibility
Rackspace has added virtual networking to this release, and that means the ability to add, delete or edit networks within a private cloud. This feature allows customers to run almost completely segregated environments inside the same cloud. It's a bit Matrix-y in that way, and perhaps a bit difficult to envision, but it's a way to set up separated computing spaces within the same cloud.
That way, if one department needs to keep access to and compute power of its assets separate from the other departments, it can be done inside one cloud. Since flexibility is indeed one of the hallmarks of the cloud, this feature sounds like it will be quite popular.
There's also single sign on capability added into this release via Active Directory and LDAP support, a simple but pain reducing feature that should also be well received. This update shows how far OpenStack has come in just three years, and really, it's not even a mature system yet. Even so, it has attracted some pretty big names in the last six months. EMC joined the OpenStack Foundation at the end of 2012, and IBM joined back in March.
Of course, IBM went out and spent US$ billion on SoftLayer just a few weeks later, but the point is, cloud computing is changing the way companies do business, and it seems to be doing so faster than it was even six months ago.