NephoScale Joins OpenStack Community in Support of Open and Interoperable Cloud Services

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NephoScale’s IaaS storage offering, built upon OpenStack Object Storage architecture, is highly redundant and scalable to petabyte levels

When we initially sat down in mid-2010 to research cloud storage systems for our IaaS platform, we evaluated several options and technology paths, and OpenStack was the logical choice for us for several reasons

Cloud services provider NephoScale is fostering innovation and interoperability in the global cloud community by formally joining OpenStack™, an open source cloud project with more than 50 participating organizations working to drive industry standards. Having recently launched in January, NephoScale’s object-based Cloud Storage service is the first generally available offering, outside of Rackspace, to be built using the OpenStack storage system.

“When we initially sat down in mid-2010 to research cloud storage systems for our IaaS platform, we evaluated several options and technology paths, and OpenStack was the logical choice for us for several reasons,” said Telemachus Luu, CTO of NephoScale. “It met our requirements for object-based storage, scalability and redundancy, and was hands-down the fastest way for us to develop a core infrastructure that we could build upon.”

NephoScale’s infrastructure services, which include cloud servers and on-demand dedicated servers, in addition to cloud storage, were designed for true global scalability and fault tolerance. The company used OpenStack Object Storage as the framework for its Cloud Storage service and added value by layering on management functions that were built in-house, including custom authentication, auto-scaling, and storage inventory control. By using clusters of commodity servers, its Cloud Storage can store large amounts of data and replicate objects several times.

“With progressive companies like NephoScale choosing OpenStack Object Storage as the foundation for their cloud storage infrastructures, we’re moving toward the eradication of IaaS vendor lock-in, which we believe will spur market growth and move us toward our goal of an open and standard cloud,” said Jonathan Bryce, chairman of the OpenStack Project Oversight Committee, and founder of the Rackspace Cloud.

In addition to building upon OpenStack, NephoScale has already contributed source code to OpenStack Object Storage. As NephoScale’s development team adds features to the underlying storage engine, it is committed to making further contributions to help advance the OpenStack Object Storage project.

About NephoScale Cloud Storage
NephoScale object-based Cloud Storage solution replicates objects three times, translating to uptimes in excess of 99.999%, and has an ability to scale to hundreds of petabytes. It is currently available through the NephoScale website on a pay-as-you-go basis, with no long-term commitment, which enables companies to reap the benefits of increased scale, improved service levels, and more reliability with little or no capital expenditure. To set up a new NephoScale account with access to all of the company’s IaaS services, please visit https://signup.nephoscale.com.

About NephoScale
NephoScale is a cloud services provider focused on building cloud-enablement software. NephoScale develops on-demand software and systems designed with the mission of building an infinitely scalable unified resource pool in the cloud, which is geographically diverse, highly reliable, and offers unique advanced programmatic capabilities. Learn more about NephoScale online at http://www.nephoscale.com.

About OpenStack
OpenStack is a large-scale open source cloud project and community established to drive industry standards, end cloud lock-in and speed the adoption of cloud technologies by service providers and enterprises. The project currently includes OpenStack Object Storage, a fully distributed object store, and OpenStack Compute, a scalable compute provisioning engine. OpenStack was founded by Rackspace® Hosting through its wholly owned subsidiary, OpenStack, LLC, and has the support of more than 50 participating companies. For more information and to join the community, visit OpenStack.org.

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