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'Cloud of Clouds'
Other announcements include startup Midokura's release of MidoNet, a distributed, software -defined virtual network that supports OpenStack and is intended for infrastructure-as-a-service. Cloudbyte has announced integration of its OpenStack Block Storage Cinder for managing Cloudbyte storage with the OpenStack Horizon client or with the Cinder API. Other announcements at the conference, which ends Thursday, have been made by NetApp, CloudScaling and Piston Cloud.
Meanwhile, hosting service Rackspace, which launched OpenStack, said Monday it was expanding its global cloud network to build and run interoperable OpenStack-based public clouds for service providers such as telcos.
Rackspace CEO Lanham Napier said in a statement that his company has had "interest from service providers on nearly every continent to extend Rackspace's proven OpenStack-powered public cloud solutions and expertise to their customers," and that the result will be a "fully interoperable global 'cloud of clouds.' "
Past 'Critical Mass'
Laura DiDio, an analyst with industry research firm Information Technology Intelligence Consulting, said interoperability was the key to OpenStack's rise and, at this point, the open source technology is "past the point of critical mass."
She added that some companies will still want to use proprietary systems, because of security concerns or specific application needs, but companies that use OpenStack-based technology will make it "easier for their programmers."
The OS got its start in the summer of 2010, when hosting provider Rackspace announced it was releasing its code for cloud infrastructure, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said it would provide its open-source cloud computing project, Nebula, to the initiative. Nebula was developed by NASA in 2008 as a way of providing additional data centers for NASA scientists and engineers.