TryStack offers a free OpenStack sandbox
Developers who are interested in testing their applications in an OpenStack environment can now do so for free and without having to configure their own cloud. TryStack is a free service that is supported by Cisco, Dell, Equinix, HP, NTT and Rackspace, and provides "156 cores, 1040GB memory and 59.1TB of disk storage" to allow developers to run their code on a reasonably substantial system. Equinix provides the data centre space and Dell provided the servers; HP plans to add a zone in a different data centre so developers can also experience geographic diversity in the system.
The system is not a cheap way to get a cloud presence though, especially as virtual machines are wiped every 24 hours. The TryStack volunteers hope to get valuable feedback on the OpenStack software and bring more developers into developing the open source IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) platform. Beyond TryStack, potential developers could move to devstack, a platform for quickly building OpenStack clouds on VMs or hardware, designed for developers. Interested users can get a TryStack account by joining the TryStack Facebook group.