Archive for the ‘rackspace’ Tag to Join OpenStack Cloud Project

The standard-bearer for the software-as-a-service movement will make its platform available on computing equipment running an open source operating system. Inc.CRM +0.06%, the cloud-based software vendor, will make its services available on servers running an open source operating system known as OpenStack, according to Graham Weston, chairman and co-founder of Rackspace Hosting Inc., a cloud vendor which has been promoting OpenStack for several years. declined to comment for this article, saying it does not “comment on rumors or speculation.”, which developed a popular cloud-based contact management application for salespeople, has been broadening its offerings to include other business functions including marketing and human resources. The principle of public software-as-a-service is that customers don’t have to purchase computing equipment, and can further reduce their expenses by sharing the cost of infrastructure with other customers. Salesforce has developed a platform that other vendors can use to develop and market other services, such as time or expense management, creating new revenue streams for But has been criticized for having developed its platform using a proprietary computer language that makes it difficult for customers to switch to another vendor.

The move to OpenStack will help the company attract more developers to write applications for its services platform by giving them confidence that whatever applications they develop will also work on other cloud platforms. It will also give comfort to businesses concerned that they would be unable to transfer applications and data created with those applications, should they want to switch vendors and sever their relationship with

Mr. Weston, whose company offers Web hosting services for businesses, said OpenStack “puts all the power back in the CIO’s hands” because it means they’re free to move their data to any cloud vendor that uses OpenStack. “No CIO in America should subject themselves to being locked in at the infrastructure layer,” he told CIO Journal during a telephone interview Friday.

The OpenStack website lists as members computer equipment makers such as Dell Inc., Hewlett Packard Co., Cisco Systems Inc., and Intel Corp., and Web hosting and cloud infrastructure firms such as DreamHost LLC, Liquid Web Inc., and CloudScaling.

According to Denis Pombriant, principal analyst for independent research firm Beagle Research Group LLC, adopting OpenStack “is a good business move” for The company recently introduced a new platform, Salesforce 1, which helps customers develop new applications and manage existing applications running on its earlier platform without having to create separate interfaces between them. “That’s a tremendous boon to any enterprise that’s looking to host its business applications on a futuristic, modern platform,” he told CIO Journal.

Rebecca Wettemann, vice president of research for Nucleus Research Inc., says the new service allows to appeal to “a broader community of developers.” Perhaps more importantly, it helps position itself as a more open company. “Real or not, there’s a perceived lock-in [when becoming a customer], and open source will reduce concerns about that,” she said.

Michael Hickins, Editor, Wall Street Journal