Infochimps Launches Support for Next Generation Rackspace Cloud, Powered by OpenStack

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Enterprise customers can now build and operate Big Data infrastructure applications on open, complete, and scalable cloud offering from leading cloud service provider

Infochimps, the first open data marketplace and a leading provider of tools, content, and operational expertise for big data infrastructure, today announced that the Infochimps Platform is now available on the next generation Rackspace Cloud. Through integration with the OpenStack API, the Infochimps Platform can now power big data applications based in the Rackspace Cloud, expanding the reach of the Infochimps Platform and making the running of complex big data infrastructures quick and easy.

Rackspace customers running the new OpenStack-based Rackspace Cloud Servers can quickly and easily configure Hadoop clusters to power their big data applications in as little as 20 minutes with a single command using the Infochimps Platform. With the power of Ironfan, Infochimps’ open source provisioning tool, and Dashpot, Infochimps’ visualization and operations dashboard, customers can easily monitor and manage their Big Data operations on an ongoing basis, or leave it to Infochimps to manage it on the Rackspace Cloud for them.

“Our support for Rackspace cloud is a testament to the openness and scalability of the Rackspace Cloud technology,” said Joe Kelly, CEO of Infochimps. “We built the Infochimps Platform to be totally open and run across the broadest set of cloud offerings available today, all with a goal to help enterprise customers get from input to insights faster. Rackspace’s OpenStack-based Cloud makes that process even easier for them.”

Rackspace®, one of the leading cloud computing providers, announced today Next Generation Cloud Servers based on the latest OpenStack release, Essex. This solution brings significant performance and scalability advancements. Customers can create Cloud Servers in minutes and can interact with them via a powerful API or a completely new and intuitive control panel. Rackspace backs their cloud offerings with Fanatical Support® a promise for delivering exceptional service to customers.

“The next generation Rackspace Cloud, powered by OpenStack, is a complete and open solution for innovation in the cloud,” said Mark Interrante, vice president of products for Rackspace. “The big data applications powered by the Infochimps Platform are a perfect example of a new breed of applications that enterprise customers can trust to handle their processing needs in a reliable, fast and scalable way.”

Since its beginning, the Infochimps Platform has been built on a foundation of open source tools for managing data, aimed at simplifying the experience of working with complex technologies such as Hadoop or Cassandra. Within the Infochimps Platform, Wukong, Ironfan and Swineherd are major open sourced components of the stack.

With the Infochimps Platform, enterprises can run their big data operations for a fraction of the cost of doing it in-house, while speeding the initial implementation by months. The Platform offers a complete, end-to-end big data solution, including secure data delivery at scale, coordination of large distributed systems, access to elastic Hadoop resources and dependable storage that enterprise organizations can trust.

To contact Infochimps, visit: http://www.infochimps.com/contact
To learn more about Infochimps, visit http://www.infochimps.com/
To learn more about how the Infochimps Platform works, visit http://www.infochimps.com/how-it-works
To learn more about the Infochimps Platform on Rackspace CloudServers, visit: http://blog.infochimps.com/2012/04/16/announcing-support-for-openstack-and-the-rackspace-cloud
To see a video demo of the Infochimps Platform on Rackspace CloudServers, visit https://vimeo.com/40336084

About Infochimps
The Infochimps mission is to democratize the world's access to data. Infochimps makes data more usable and more valuable through tools and systems to manage and access data and Big Data expertise. The Company provides two products. The Infochimps Platform is a scalable solution for building and managing complex Big Data environments. The Infochimps Data Marketplace offers thousands of public and proprietary data sets for download and API access.

Infochimps is a privately-held, venture-backed company based in Austin, Texas. For more information, please visit http://www.infochimps.com or follow @infochimps on Twitter.

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