Rackspace Launches Private Cloud Software on OpenStack Grizzly

Rackspace has launched the latest version of Rackspace Private Cloud Software, built on the most recent stable release of OpenStack, Grizzly.

Web hosting and cloud hosting provider Rackspace announced via its blog Wednesday it has launched the latest version of Rackspace Private Cloud Software, built on the most recent stable release of OpenStack, Grizzly.

Launched in April, Grizzly is the seventh and latest version of OpenStack. The open source cloud infrastructure software has more than 230 new features to support production operations at scale and integrate into enterprise environments.

Rackspace’s latest version of its Private Cloud Software takes advantage of these new features, enabling users to manage virtual networks, use single sign-on and leverage external storage arrays in their private cloud environments.

The new features that are currently available include Active Directory and LDAP integration, OpenStack Networking for creating and modifying virtual networks, and advanced block storage support.

Private Cloud Software has seen thousands of downloads in more than 150 countries since it launched last August, says Rackspace.

Rackspace is also backing up the release of the new Private Cloud Software with two different tiers of support, Core Software Support and Software Escalation Support, which helps users to design, deploy and operate a private cloud, either on-premise in their data center or hosted in a Rackspace data center.

One key feature is OpenStack Networking, codename Neutron, which enables users to create, edit and delete virtual networks for private cloud environments.

This functionality enables users to create virtual networks within their environments to isolate virtual machines within private clouds, and therefore akkiwubg them to run multiple virtually segregated environments within the same cloud.

In addition, Active Directory and LDAP support is integrated with OpenStack Grizzly and enables users to access the private cloud via a single sign-on or corporate user account.

Finally, the block storage support feature enables users to take advantage of external storage arrays from EMC, NetApp and SolidFire within their Rackspace Private Cloud environments.

Using the OpenStack Block Storage project and drivers written specifically for external storage platforms helps increase the available storage capacity in a cloud environment by attaching enterprise storage arrays, which can be used to store the data, virtual machines and images that are needed to operate the private cloud.

Users can now download the latest version of Private Cloud Software on the Rackspace Private Cloud Software page.

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