Cloud Technology Partners, a provider of services for planning, designing and building cloud environments, launched OpenStack RapidPlan, the first in a planned line of services designed to eliminate obstacles and accelerate enterprise adoption of the OpenStack platform.

The OpenStack RapidPlan offering is designed to allow organizations to create a scope, budget and business case for an OpenStack deployment, as part of an effort to roll out a private cloud, the company says.

Founded by Rackspace Hosting and NASA, OpenStack is a global software community of developers collaborating on a standard and massively scalable open source cloud operating system.

"Evaluating and architecting an OpenStack solution is not just about performing a simple product selection exercise or installing shrink-wrap software,” Ken Pepple, vice president, OpenStack Solutions at Cloud Technology Partners, said in a statement. “It requires the hands-on experience that can only be achieved from having direct experience architecting and building infrastructure platforms, as well as knowledge of the unique business and technical requirements and challenges facing the customer."

Cloud Technology Partners' expertise allows it to architect, optimize and integrate the OpenStack platform efficiently into a company's environment, Pepple says, and to educate customers to become self-sufficient in operating the platform.

The service will be the first of several Cloud Technology Partners OpenStack services. In the coming months the company will unveil additional services aimed at helping customers in the architecture, deployment and management of OpenStack-based private clouds.

As part of the initial service, Cloud Technology Partners consultants will educate customers on the proper architecture and design of OpenStack private cloud deployments, provide several customized use cases for the proposed cloud and help build a cost model for the project.


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