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10 February 2011, 12:34

Rackspace to acquire Anso Labs

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OpenStack logo The web-hosting provider Rackspace has announced that it is to purchase Anso Labs, the software and services company. Anso are known for developing Nebula, the cloud platform for scientific research, for its highest profile client NASA.

Last summer NASA contributed the Nebula code to OpenStack, a community project founded and supported by Rackspace to develop an open operating system for cloud computing. Rackspace open sourced its cloud infrastructure code for the OpenStack project in July 2010.

In a Rackspace blog post, Jim Curry, the General Manager of OpenStack, says that the OpenStack project now has over 50 contributing companies, including Cisco, Citrix, Canonical and Dell. Curry states that the company's intention is to develop "a movement that is open to all and backed by an industry". If this is successful, their hope is that cloud computing customers would be able to move between service providers rather than being locked-in to the technology provided by any one such company.

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