Today the next-generation Cloud Servers, powered by OpenStack™, completed the private Alpha phase and entered the Beta phase. This transition is a huge milestone for OpenStack and for the Open era of the cloud. Through the Alpha program, working with our customers and early users, we have learned a lot. What we have today is their input resulting in substantial improvements – from better API responsiveness to the ability for a single user to concurrently spin up hundreds of servers within minutes. These are concrete steps towards making the OpenStack-based Cloud platform ready for production scale deployments. The Beta phase will allow us to continue to advance development towards that goal and Rackspace vision and enrich the user experience.
For those of you who don’t already know, we have a beta version of our webmail product for Rackspace Email – https://beta.apps.rackspace.com. We use this version, affectionately known as simply “beta,” to get our newest features into the hands of customers as soon as possible, so we can get valuable feedback and work out any kinks before going live.