Rackspace Unveils Free Download Of Upgraded Private Cloud Platform

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New OpenCenter dashboard fronting OpenStack-based software aims to ease deployment

Rackspace Hosting has added several new features and a unified interface to the OpenStack-powered Rackspace Private Cloud software in a bid to ease configuration and operations of private clouds in enterprise data centres.

The update has been rolled out as a free download on the Rackspace website. The tools replicate the ones Rackspace uses for its own Open Cloud hosting platform offering.

Deployment interface

The new OpenCenter management toolset will allow administrators to deploy private clouds within their data centres using OpenStack technology via the interface and APIs. OpenCenter also features a point-and-click API for deployment and management of high availability environments for OpenStack controller nodes.

Rackspace private clouds can be deployed on Ubuntu, Red Hat Enterprise Linux or CentOS host operating systems.

Jim Curry, senior vice president and general manager for Rackspace Private Cloud, said that OpenCenter with its new user interface and orchestration tool built to deploy, operate and scale on-premise private clouds “paves the way for Rackspace to bring its continuous integration and deployment expertise from the public cloud arena into private enterprise data centres”.

“We are taking our own solid technology practices forward into private open cloud,” he added.

Service provider partner

Curry said that, through Rackspace Open Cloud, it has already seen over 1,590 code releases pushed live to Open Cloud without customer disruption. “This joins 465 million API requests for cloud servers and a total of over 8,400 unit tests have been run before each code release, so it has been a busy and dynamic period,” he said. “As a proven open cloud operator, enterprise CIOs are trusting Rackspace more than ever to help them on the journey to become service providers in their own data centres and accelerate their businesses with the efficiencies and value of cloud.”

Juan Caceres, services director at JC Global Resources said the Rackspace Private Cloud Software has given the company “more choices on how to best manage our cloud environment and bring DevOps capabilities to our customers.”

“We can either leverage Rackspace to support our environment when needed or have them completely operate it for us – on or off premise,” he said.

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