Update: Rackspace(s rax), the big hosting provider that launched the OpenStack open-source cloud project two years ago, is giving that project an important new stress test.
This week, it will start beta testing the software, running tens of thousands of computing instances as opposed to the hundreds under alpha test now, John Engates, Rackspace’s CTO, said Tuesday.
OpenStack’s goal is to provide an open-source software foundation for public or private clouds that would act as an alternative to proprietary technology from Amazon Web Services (s amzn) and VMware(s vmw), much as Linux was a counterweight to Windows(s msft) in PC and server operating systems.
The effort, initially driven by Rackspace and NASA, now has other big backers in Citrix(s ctsx), Dell(s dell), Hewlett-Packard(s hpq), Cisco(s csco) and others. Ericsson joined on Tuesday, and IBM(s ibm) is newly on board as well. Most of these companies plan their own…
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