Intel and Rackspace are collaborating on an OpenStack Invocation center. it will be a Largest OpenStack developer cloud with 1000-node clusters. The project will bring together OpenStack engineers from Rackspace and Intel to advance the scalability, manageability and reliability of OpenStack by adding new features, functionality and eliminating bugs through upstream code contributions.
It’s good for Rackspace and open source technology, it will make easier to deploy, manage and use OpenStack in the hope of advancing enterprise adoption of the open-source cloud operating system. Especially when Amazon is thriving in infrastructure as a service (IaaS) solution, and Microsoft Azure is catching up and growing market share. OpenStack, is still seen by many as unfinished and hard to deploy in enterprise companies. Per fortune.com, some argues that the advent of containers and container management technologies may negate the need for some of what OpenStack does. And Don’t forget when Rackspace was in market to be adopted by someone:).
Now, it’s a great opportunity for Open Stack to set the base and improve the credentials. Open stack has an unique advantage where it is backed up by more than 500 companies including AT&T, AMD, Avaya, Cisco, Citrix, Dell, EMC, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, Huawei, Juniper Networks, NetApp, open source favorite Red Hat, VMware, and list goes on. OpenStack’s promise is that, because it is supported by so many vendors, there is less chance of a customer getting locked into one vendor’s solution. The downside is that vendor proliferation introduces fears of incompatible versions of OpenStack, something the OpenStack Foundation has vowed to nix.
Can Open Stack execute on its vision? How will (or not) AWS, and Microsoft Azure steer their way to accelerate their growth of Cloud Infrastructure?