Right now, the OpenStack cloud demonstration and test environment is running out of three data centers: the Equinix International Business Exchange (IBX) in Silicon Valley, Calif., and Ashburn, Va., and the Rackspace data center in Chicago, Ill. with more to come, according to the press release.
Technology-wise, the OpenStack demo cloud uses the titular software, services and support from Rackspace Cloud Builders, cloud optimized Dell PowerEdge C servers, and Platform Equinix, a network-neutral global delivery platform consisting of 92 data centers. The goal is to help enterprises and service providers decide even faster if an OpenStack cloud environment is something they'd be interested in. And if they like what they see, the OpenStack project is hoping that it leads to companies giving a proof-of-concept (POC) a try.
This may seem like a simple announcement, but despite its truckload of support from vendors big and small, OpenStack is still largely untested in the marketplace. Giving IT pros the chance to try before they figuratively buy.
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