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Rackspace targets enterprise private cloud with new features

Rackspace Hosting has announced a range of new additions to its popular open source Rackspace Private Cloud Software.

The company says that the new releases will ensure higher availability of existing OpenStack controller nodes in addition to bringing official support for the CentOS and Red Hat Enterprise Linux OS platforms. Apart from that, Rackspace has also made available a new API and graphical interface dubbed OpenCenter, which the company claims is designed to serve as the backbone of private cloud infrastructures.

The top-billed new features include: OpenCenter, which provides a unified interface for deploying, operating and configuring cloud performance from an enterprise datacentre; Host Operating System Choice, which enables customers to select Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Ubuntu or CentOS as the host OS platform in all kinds of Rackspace private cloud deployments; and High Availability, which boosts up-time and lowers risks with the availability of more OpenStack controller nodes.

"Rackspace Private Cloud's powerful new OpenCenter platform is a user interface and orchestration tool built to deploy, operate and scale on-premise private clouds. This paves the way for Rackspace to bring its continuous integration and deployment expertise from the public cloud arena into private enterprise datacenters," Jim Curry, senior vice president and general manager of Rackspace Private Cloud, said in a statement.

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