Intel and Rackspace Team To Speed Enterprise Adoption of OpenStack
These days, Intel has its head in the clouds. It wants to ensure its enterprise clients do, too. Yesterday, the semiconductor company announced a new “Cloud for All” initiative to push for faster adoption of cloud architecture by enterprises. As part of the initiative, Intel said it is teaming up with Rackspace to open a new development center for the OpenStack cloud platform.
OpenStack, a free, open-source platform deployed by organizations under an infrastructure-as-a-service model, was originally developed by Rackspace in collaboration with NASA in 2010. Called the OpenStack Innovation Center, the new center, which will house Rackspace and Intel engineers, will be located at Rackspace’s corporate headquarters in San Antonio.
OpenStack Innovation Center
Rackspace said that ultimately it wants the OpenStack Innovation Center to be home to the world’s largest collection of OpenStack developers. The center’s ultimate goal is to accelerate the development of enterprise capabilities and significantly add to the number of developers contributing to upstream OpenStack code. The project will also seek to advance the scalability, manageability and reliability of OpenStack by adding new features, functionality, and eliminating bugs through upstream code contributions.
OpenStack software controls large pools of compute, storage, and networking resources throughout a data center, managed through a dashboard or via the OpenStack API. Since it was founded, OpenStack has become one of the fastest growing open source communities in the world, with more than 520 member companies and 27,000 individual contributors across 167 countries.
"This announcement demonstrates our continued support and commitment to open source projects," said Jason Waxman, vice president and general manager of the Cloud Platforms Group at Intel. "Our ongoing collaboration with Rackspace and the OpenStack community represents an ideal opportunity to accelerate the enterprise appeal of OpenStack."
Expanding the Cloud
In addition to the OpenStack Innovation Center, Rackspace and Intel will also be collaborating on other ways to promote the OpenStack platform. The companies said they will offer developer training via new courseware modules designed to increase the number of open source developers for OpenStack.
Rackspace and Intel will also collaborate with the OpenStack Enterprise Work Group to target bug elimination and develop new enterprise features, while recruiting new engineers to participate in OpenStack development. They are also building two 1,000-node clusters to support advanced, large-scale testing of the platform. The new clusters will be available to the developer community within the next six months, according to the companies.
Beyond the collaboration with Rackspace, Intel said its Cloud for All initiative will help develop tens of thousands of new cloud deployments. "The cloud has been critical to the digital services economy and has enabled tremendous innovation and business growth, but broad enterprise adoption is not happening fast enough," said Diane Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Data Center Group. "We believe that through this initiative we will enable our customers to realize the benefits and innovations gained from the latest cloud computing technologies."