OpenStack® is open source infrastructure software first developed by NASA and Rackspace that allows businesses to build cloud services in their own data centers. OpenStack's modular structure includes OpenStack Compute, OpenStack Object Storage, OpenStack Networking, and Image Service. As an independent non-profit organization, the OpenStack community unites developers and companies throughout the industry to make this cloud computing project possible. It is supported by over 6,000 people and over 190 businesses.
The OpenStack community is growing. According to ITWorld.com, U.S. intelligence agencies have embraced OpenStack. Others to join the OpenStack bandwagon include BestBuy, Bloomberg, Comcast, and HubSpot. Bright Computing also makes use of OpenStack in its cloud computing solutions.
The OpenStack Compute module makes it possible for businesses to provision and manage large networks of virtual machines. This flexible architecture has no proprietary hardware or software requirements and is able to integrate legacy systems. According to OpenStack.org, popular use cases include service providers, IT departments, big data processing, on-demand scalable computing, and high-performance computing (HPC).
Other modules make OpenStack an even more valuable Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platform. OpenStack Storage provides greater scalability, redundancy and durability and may be appropriate for performance sensitive scenarios. OpenStack Networking offers scalable, API-driven network and IP management that is suitable for different applications or user groups. The OpenStack Dashboard gives administrators the tools needed to manage cloud-based resources.
Because of OpenStack's flexibility and potential, software solution providers are able to take advantage of its many capabilities as they design and provide customized services for their clients. Bright Computing is one of these providers. If you are interested in more information about how we can leverage OpenStack's capabilities to benefit your organization, please contact us today. If you are going to the OpenStack summit in Atlanta next week, stop by and see how we can help you.