Rackspace has finally gone live with its OpenStack-based cloud. The company began stress testing the services back in April. Now, Rackspace has taken it live.

The Rise of OpenStack

Starting today, Rackspace will deploy all new US customer workloads to its OpenStack-based platform. Rackspace established OpenStack with NASA and has long been one of the biggest supporters of the open source cloud platform, which is intended to bring standardization to the cloud services space. It also now has one of the biggest implementations.

Rackspace is offering public, private and hybrid cloud deployments of its OpenStack-based portfolio, which includes:

  • Cloud Files -- online file storage
  • Cloud Servers -- compute
  • Control Panel -- operational administration
  • Cloud Database -- highly available MySQL database
  • Cloud Monitoring -- API driven monitoring
  • Cloud Networks -- provisions private software defined networks
  • Block Storage -- solid state and SATA storage

Rackspace isn’t forcing existing customers to migrate away from its proprietary platform, but new customers will not have an option of using the legacy solution.

The goal of Rackspace and other supporters of OpenStack is to establish a common architecture for cloud services. Rackspace may have the largest implementation, but vendors like Dell, HP and Internap have also rolled out their own OpenStack-based public clouds. In addition, OpenStack is not the only effort underway to provide standardization in the heavily fragmented market.

What’s Next

Rackspace will make its OpenStack-based cloud available to UK customers on August 15. The company’s cloud going live is a milestone, but the journey to a saner, more standardized cloud services ecosystem is far from complete. The biggest player and low cost leader in the public space has expressed zero interest in putting its weight behind any cloud standardization.