OpenStack Cloud Software Rivals Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud

This changes Everything - OpenStack is software anyone can use to build their own version of Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud, the massively popular web service that gives developers and businesses instant access to virtual servers. The roots of OpenStack stretch back only about four years to a skunk works project inside of NASA, but it has already overturned the status quo in both the private sector and the public. After catching the eye of Vivek Kundra — the country’s first CIO — it’s used not only by NASA but by other operations across the federal government. After it was launched to the rest of the world through an unlikely partnership between the space agency and Rackspace — the Texas outfit that trails only Amazon in the cloud computing game — it’s now backed by over 150 companies worldwide. And it’s shaping the future of such names as HP, Cisco, Dell, and — if the rumors are true — IBM.

“There are a lot of folks out there taking this very seriously,” says Zorawar “Biri” Singh, the man who oversees HP’s effort to build a cloud service atop OpenStack. “You can look at the list of members, but we’re talking to others, including some big-time architects who say they have big plans for this. There’s a lot of work to be done, but we’re positive this is something we can really scale.”

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