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OpenStack Marketplace: Browse And Build OpenStack Clouds

Since Rackspace co-founded OpenStack in 2010, we’ve eagerly watched the project grow and mature. Today, the next phase of OpenStack’s evolution has been made available to the public – The OpenStack Marketplace.

In the spirit of creating a truly open ecosystem for clouds of all kinds, the OpenStack Marketplace lets interested users and developers browse products, services, applications, consultants and training solutions. It also lets users compare different OpenStack providers to choose the right service or get the tools they need to build and host it themselves.

The Marketplace helps users make informed decisions and encourages the development of rich OpenStack offerings that continue to foster innovation and interoperability.

The Marketplace is divided into five sections:

  1. Public Clouds – where users can shop around between different IaaS public clouds using recent versions of OpenStack.
  2. Distributions and Appliances – software to help build OpenStack-powered public and private clouds.
  3. Consultants and Systems Integrators – here, users of the Marketplace can hire or consult experts and guides to help answer their OpenStack questions.
  4. Training – new to OpenStack and don’t know where to start? Or are you an expert just honing your craft? Either way, you can learn from your fellow OpenStack developers here.
  5. Drivers – powered by the community-led DriverLog project, this section of the Marketplace contains fully tested and compatible OpenStack drivers.

Each product and service included in the OpenStack Marketplace has met specific technical requirements and provides transparency to help users determine their best OpenStack path. Rackspace and the other vendors involved in the Marketplace will continually update information to ensure users have the latest details.

The OpenStack Marketplace is an important step for our community. Moving beyond OpenStack’s established position as robust, production-ready, enterprise-grade cloud software, the Marketplace illustrates the power of the community – it’s come together to shape the future of open clouds. OpenStack is starting to grow beyond its developer roots and now includes smart, responsible enterprise companies that have thrown their weight behind the project and have become very involved in the Marketplace. Among them are Dell, Canonical, HP, The Linux Foundation, SUSE, Red Hat, IBM, Mirantis and – of course – Rackspace.

OpenStack Summit Atlanta runs through Friday and Rackspace is there in full force with a number of presentations and speaking sessions. Check out the lineup of where you can find Rackspace OpenStack specialists throughout the Summit.

About the Author

This is a post written and contributed by Troy Toman.

Troy Toman oversees Rackspace’s OpenStack strategy and works closely with internal teams to develop the company’s open source efforts. In more than seven years as a Racker, Troy has served in a number of cross-departmental development and operations functions. He previously managed engineering teams responsible for the Rackspace Public Cloud services, including those deploying and contributing to OpenStack Nova, Swift, Cinder, Glance and Neutron. Troy is also a member of the OpenStack Foundation Board of Directors and a member of the advisory board for the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University.

Troy has more than two decades of experience in infrastructure software, computing strategic marketing and business development operations. He started his career at IBM as a staff engineer shortly after graduating from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in computer science. After eight years of holding multiple development and managerial positions at IBM, Troy moved on to senior leadership roles at Sun Microsystems, Inktomi Corporation, Kazeon and Veritas Software.

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