Rackspace Hosting has released Rackspace Private Cloud Software, which the hosting services company says enables companies to install, test and run OpenStack-platform-based private clouds in minutes.

The software is available as a free download from the Rackspace Web site.

Rackspace says the new software is based on its experience in deploying and operating public and private clouds based on the OpenStack cloud platform in a variety of environments, including Rackspace’s own data centers as well as in external data centers.

The Rackspace Private Cloud Software combines the capabilities of public cloud with the customization, reliability and control advantages of a dedicated environment, the company says.

“We believe that the majority of our customers and cloud users will be running hybrid cloud environments for a long time,” Jim Curry, general manager of Private Cloud business at Rackspace, said in a statement. “Today’s announcement allows businesses to utilize their existing investment in their own data center resources to run an open cloud solution for additional control and customization and also take advantage of Rackspace’s data center options.”

Organizations running the software can use free support forums or purchase Escalation Support services from Rackspace. Escalation Support includes 24x7x365 ticket and phone support for Rackspace Private Cloud powered by OpenStack from the experts at Rackspace.



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