Stand Up And Run A Rackspace Private Cloud In Less Than An Hour…For Free

Deploying a private cloud shouldn’t be so complex and expensive, or require a cloud expert to make it happen. In the two years since we founded OpenStack®, one of our missions has been to create fast and easy ways for our customers to deploy a free OpenStack-based cloud wherever they choose.  And to do so not using a proprietary installer or version of OpenStack, but instead using the community bits themselves. In other words, we think it’s critical that the OpenStack community version be usable.

And today, with the launch of Rackspace Private Cloud Software powered by OpenStack (code-named “Alamo”), we’ve done just that. We’ve made it quick and easy to deploy an OpenStack-powered cloud anywhere with packaged and tested software that customers can download and install, that lets them run an OpenStack-based private cloud in minutes. The cloud is fully configured and ready to use either in your data center or in ours on gear hosted by us. And the best part: the software is free; you can rapidly spin up and use an OpenStack-based Rackspace Private Cloud – a cloud that runs the same software that Rackspace uses to power our public and private clouds — at no cost.

Alamo gives our customers what they’ve been asking for; a simple way to start using OpenStack today, without the added headache of having to worry about dozens of different configurations. They don’t need to be OpenStack or cloud experts. We’re giving them an open cloud environment that marries the speed and scalability of our OpenStack-based public cloud with the control and reliability of a private, dedicated cloud environment. It delivers on our promise to offer our customers the ability to deploy a cloud anywhere. It’s not a separate distribution so you don’t have to worry about a branching dead-end.

The Alamo software allows companies of any size to use our open cloud technology to leverage cloud computing in whatever environment they want. It rounds out the Rackspace open cloud portfolio: we now offer truly open public and private cloud solutions powered by OpenStack. Because it’s open, customers have choice and control without the risk of technology and vendor lock-in that comes with proprietary clouds and hefty software licenses.  It’s the easiest way to start using OpenStack.

And on top of Alamo we’re offering customers our award winning Fanatical Support, whether the cloud is in our data center or yours. Companies running the software have free access to support forums and can purchase Escalation Support, which includes 24×7 ticket and phone support, from Rackspace.

The configuration includes the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS host operating system, a KVM hypervisor and the 100 percent open source Essex release of OpenStack, which includes features such as Compute, Images, Authentication and Dashboard. To streamline the deployment, we have designed the installer for private clouds of up to 20 nodes. Our software provides a platform to begin using OpenStack quickly and then scale out resources to support a larger private cloud environment. This is a great opportunity to leverage Rackspace for cloud management best practices.

And this is just the beginning. In coming months you can expect tighter interoperability with our public cloud and more options for Fanatical Support in your private cloud environments. Future versions of the software will also tie into other OpenStack projects and deliver functionality, including better Management and Monitoring, Volume and Block Storage, Software Defined Networking, High Availability and integration with the new Rackspace Cloud Control Panel.

So download the software and get started with Alamo, Rackspace’s Private Cloud Software. We’re here to answer any questions you may have.

Jim Curry was a Senior Consultant with Rackspace. He joined the company in 2006 to run corporate development efforts, which included new business incubation, venture investing activities, and mergers and acquisitions, including the acquisitions of, Slicehost, Jungle Disk and Cloudkick. Three years later, Jim led the founding of the OpenStack project on behalf of Rackspace and was responsible for developing the community until its transition to the OpenStack Foundation in 2012. Jim has previously held executive positions with several technology startups, including Bowstreet and Tivoli, which have since been acquired by IBM. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas and an MBA from Harvard University. Jim and his wife Laurie have a son and twins, a boy and a girl. Follow Jim on Twitter at @jimcurry and on his blog at:


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