Rackspace Launches Production-Ready OpenStack Cloud

Rackspace has announced the launch of a new cloud service powered by the open source OpenStack.

The Rackspace Next Generation Public Cloud is the first large-scale, next-gen cloud solution powered by OpenStack "Essex" (version 5). It incorporates what the company describes as a "robust portfolio" of cloud solutions, including cloud servers, databases, block storage, networks and monitoring.

Lanham Napier, CEO of Rackspace, commented: "The open era of the cloud is a reality and Rackspace has positioned itself at the forefront of this massive, technological shift."

"We're drawing a line in the sand against proprietary cloud providers. With this launch, Rackspace is providing an open cloud alternative, backed by Fanatical Support and our core expertise on OpenStack, to deliver a strong product portfolio that will help customers navigate their way through an increasingly complex cloud environment."

Rackspace notes that two of its new public cloud products are production workload-ready, with 24x7 support, service level commitment and billing - but that there is "limited availability" at present. These are cloud servers powered by OpenStack, and the new flexible cloud control panel.

Cloud databases and cloud monitoring are products in "early access", meaning they are production ready, but with limited support, and no service commitments or billing. Other services are still in preview test versions.

Melanie Posey, research vice president at IDC, commented: "The expansion to its OpenStack cloud offering has given Rackspace a more comprehensive portfolio of solutions, which now spans across computing, storage and networking. The ability to address critical business needs in these key areas will help them open new doors and extend their reach to a broader range of customers."

It's further good news for OpenStack, which is currently moving to launch a foundation to oversee its development, and had a number of big name companies sign up its support last week.