Internap Launches First Generally Available OpenStack Cloud
Internap has announced the launch of its Open Public Cloud, the first-ever commercially available OpenStack-based public cloud compute services, marking a major maturation inflection point for the open source platform.
Now, regular TalkinCloud readers don’t really need the pitch for OpenStack, but regardless: OpenStack is based on open source code, with a set of standardized APIs designed to help customers and service providers avoid any kind of lock-in. Spearheaded by Rackspace Hosting and NASA but developed by a community of industry volunteers, the OpenStack project is designed to become the cloud’s de facto standard.
Previously to Open Public Cloud, Internap had snagged another OpenStack first — it was the first to build a cloud storage offering on OpenStack. With this new offering, Internap is unifying its OpenStack-based storage and compute platforms, according to the press release. It’s also available for private and hybrid cloud deployments on request.
Interestingly, Open Public Cloud isn’t Internap’s only public cloud offering. Internap Custom Public Cloud is the company’s VMware vCloud-based offering, and it seems there’s no intention of discontinuing it now that the OpenStack-based platform is available. Instead, Custom Public Cloud is being targeted at ISVs and enterprises that don’t want to have to re-architect their VMware-compatible cloud apps when they become Internap customers.
For OpenStack, this is what it’s all about. Community organization and lofty rhetoric on the need for an open cloud is fine. But we’re finally starting to see real-world proof that OpenStack may have some game in the enterprise, which is really all that matters.