NASA gives OpenStack instant credibility

NASA gives OpenStack instant credibility

Summary: The question I would ask is whether having rival open source stacks will help or hurt efforts to keep Microsoft Azure and other proprietary offerings from raining on its parade.

TOPICS: Open Source

Rackspace, looking for credibility in the open source cloud stack arena, found it by drawing in NASA as an active collaborator.

The new OpenStack project will power NASA's own Nebula cloud and puts new pressure on Eucalyptus, as well as Amazon's EC2 and the whole Hadoop ecosystem. The system is being released under an Apache 2 license.

Some differentiation between the two stacks is already apparent. NASA's desire is for a compute-intensive stack, so rivals could market against it by calling themselves commercially-oriented.

But writing at ZDNet, James Staten of Forrester calls OpenStack pretty solid. Rackspace, by itself, would have been offering a vendor-specific stack from an infrastructure as a service (IAAS) provider.

In addition to NASA the deal also brings Chris Kemp, a well-respected leader within the government IT community. His hope is to turn Nebula into something other government agencies will want to share. So he has something of a commercial angle himself.

Calling Rackspace the Android of the cloud may be going too far, however. Open source is all over the cloud, which with the Rackspace announcement looks to become the mainframe system of the new decade.

The question I would ask is whether having rival open source stacks will help or hurt efforts to keep Microsoft Azure and other proprietary offerings from raining on its parade.

What say y'all?

Topic: Open Source

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  • iaas is computing in the cloud, not cloud computing.

    Its merely outsourcing infrastructure for the economy of scale. It's as boring as it could posibly be. Azure of course offers this for transitional purposes for those not ready to undertake cloud computing but it also offers the most advanced paas available which is a huge differentiator from the EC2's of the world. NASA's work with Azure is much more interesting....
    Johnny Vegas
    • RE: NASA gives OpenStack instant credibility

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  • RE: NASA gives OpenStack instant credibility

    It does not really matter unless it is better. If open source produces a better product than closed source then it will win, if it does not is won't. Azure currently is better for most commercial applications and thus will be used for most. Open source will win when it has the same capabilities at a lower overall price, including the price of servicing it.
    • Not quite


      Commercial software contains this magical word known to businesses as "guarantee" and "insurance". If it gets broken, it gets fixed. If someone steals data, they take responsibility and fix it, on top of renumerating you for losses.

      FOSS on the other hand, if it breaks, you fix it. If you lose data? Read the warranty and deal with it.
  • Service providers must build a squeaky-clean record.

    The cloud provider has to be /trustworthy/ as well as very reliable for uptime. Reputations will be built (and sometimes lost) over the coming years. Reputation will be the decider for who the customer goes with.