March 6, 2013 – Rackspace Hosting announced new features in its open source Rackspace Private Cloud Software, powered by OpenStack.

Among the key features is OpenCenter, a single interface for deploying, configuring and operating clouds at scale in an enterprise data center. OpenCenter, which the company says draws from its experience of operating the Rackspace Open Cloud, provides a centralized graphical user interface and API that simplifies and automates the operational activities associated with deploying, managing and maintaining private clouds.

OpenCenter provides API or point-and-click deployment and management of high availability environments for the OpenStack controller nodes, which Rackspace says improves uptime and reduces business risk.

With the new release, companies can now select from Ubuntu, Red Hat Enterprise Linux or CentOS for the host operating system in Rackspace Private Cloud deployments.

Rackspace Private Cloud Software is a combination of OpenStack community “trunk” code and Rackspace tools, packaging and configuration. Rackspace engineers have validated and certified products from more than nine industry partners for the private cloud software through its Technology Alliance Program.

Rackspace Private Cloud’s new OpenCenter platform “is a user interface and orchestration tool built to deploy, operate and scale on-premise private clouds,” Jim Curry, senior vice president and general manager of Rackspace Private Cloud, said in a statement. “This paves the way for Rackspace to bring its continuous integration and deployment expertise from the public cloud arena into private enterprise data centers.”

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