Rackspace rolls out services unit to push OpenStack cloud deployments

Rackspace launched a services unit dubbed Cloud Builders to deploy its OpenStack operating system.

Rackspace on Tuesday launched a services unit dubbed Cloud Builders to deploy its OpenStack operating system.

OpenStack is Rackspace's effort to be a platform. Cloud Builders is the combination of Rackspace's support and the services operations of Anso Labs, a services outfit. OpenStack was launched last year in conjunction with NASA. In October, OpenStack got Microsoft Hyper-V support.

With the move, Rackspace will offer training, certification and deployment services. Here are the components:

  • Training: Rackspace will provide training classes and certification testing for those deploying OpenStack.
  • Deployment: Cloud Builders will partner with experts to deploy OpenStack.
  • Support : Rackspace said it will provide ongoing remote support and proactive monitoring.

For now, OpenStack deployments are mostly in the proof of concept stage. Dell and Rackspace are trying to get more customers interested in OpenStack. Dell is including OpenStack installer on select systems.   Current partners include: Autonomic Resources, Canonical, Citrix, Cloudscaling, Cybera, Dell, Equinix, Intel, Grid Dynamics, Microsoft and Opscode.

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