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Rackspace, PLUMgrid in Joint OpenStack Venture

By Rory J. Thompson February 05, 2016

In technology, sometimes words and phrases take on a life of their own, but it’s good to back up a little, to know where you’ve been before proceeding forward again. “OpenStack” is a good place to start.

For the uninitiated or unsure, OpenStack is an open source, community driven, cloud management platform, that is sometimes referred to as a cloud operating system. It can be thought of as a collection of projects and APIs that are implemented with commercial or open source technologies. That’s why a new announcement from two giants in the field has far-reaching implications.

PLUMgrid -- considered by many to be a leader of secure and scalable software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) solutions for OpenStack clouds – announced it has entered a worldwide reseller agreement with Rackspace. The move is designed to advance OpenStack networking and deliver OpenStack solutions for enterprises.

"As a co-founder and leader of OpenStack, Rackspace continues to revolutionize the OpenStack experience," said PLUMgrid CEO Larry Lang, in commenting on the new venture. "PLUMgrid is very much aligned with Rackspace in this effort. We have established a high level of customer satisfaction in more than 70 OpenStack clouds currently deployed by PLUMgrid, and we are committed to maintaining this standard of excellence as we help drive OpenStack deployments worldwide."

According to both companies, under terms of the agreement Rackspace will resell the full PLUMgrid SDN portfolio including its Open Networking Suite (ONS) for OpenStack, CloudApex, and support and training services.

“The integration of the PLUMgrid virtual network portfolio and Rackspace Private Cloud powered by OpenStack helps customers quickly and efficiently deploy applications within their private cloud in a matter of minutes with the highest levels of security, scale, performance, operations monitoring and diagnostics,” a release noted.

But the customers are the ones who will benefit most from the collaboration. With Rackspace expertise and leadership in OpenStack, and the comprehensive PLUMgrid SDN portfolio, customers gain access to a powerful private cloud solution that will highlight:

Security: PLUMgrid secures OpenStack clouds by enabling virtual Domains, a unique approach that provides micro-segmentation and firewall service insertion technology;

Scale and Performance: PLUMgrid offers distributed and programmable data plane powered by IO Visor software for in-kernel forwarding and IO services;

Operations, Monitoring and Diagnostics: Critical for "operationalizing" OpenStack clouds, PLUMgrid and Rackspace offer a broad portfolio of tools and exceptional customer support.

Both PLUMgrid and Rackspace executives will be in attendance at the upcoming Rackspace::Solve thought-leadership event in New York on February 11.

Edited by Kyle Piscioniere
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