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28 October 2011, 16:09

First commercial OpenStack-based cloud compute service announced

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The first commercially available cloud compute service built on the open source OpenStack platform has been announced by IT infrastucture provider Internap. The company says that, by being based on OpenStack and through the use of standardised APIs, the new service, Open Public Cloud, enables customers to avoid the pitfall of cloud vendor lock-in. The service uses the open source Xen hypervisor and is integrated with Internap's OpenStack-based cloud storage.

Internap was one of the first companies to join the OpenStack project and announced its public cloud intentions in May of this year. Internap says that the new service complements the company's existing Custom Public Cloud, which is based on VMware. The two services have different user interfaces, and although they are both "pay-as-you-go" services, the Custom Public Cloud allows for more flexible cloud configurations. Further information about the cloud offerings is available to downloadPDF.

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