Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Rackspace Delivers a Hybrid Cloud for CERN

Rackspace will deliver a hybrid cloud featuring OpenStack-powered public and private clouds to CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research.  The Rackspace Private Cloud platform will be deployed onto servers that CERN utilizes for production physics experiments.

CERN openlab will host several joint initiatives with Rackspace focused on creating a reference architecture and operational model for Federated Cloud services between Rackspace Private Cloud, Rackspace Public Cloud and CERN's OpenStack powered Clouds. Rackspace and CERN openlab said they will test and ensure the seamless federation between private and public cloud platforms to accommodate excess workloads.

The expanded relationship consists of certain key elements such as:
  • Federated Cloud Services based on OpenStack Cloud Technologies – Rackspace will work with CERN openlab to federate CERN’s current managed services into Rackspace’s open public and private cloud environments.
  • Personnel Support – Rackspace will fund one full-time member of the CERN personnel team, who will help create cloud federation technologies.
 CERN produces more than 25 petabytes of data annually. CERN is leveraging OpenStack software to manage the resources across its two data centres that power the LHC.

This is a landmark moment for Rackspace, as we feel this is an opportunity to take our already mutually beneficial relationship with CERN to new heights,” said Jim Curry, SVP and general manager of Rackspace Private Cloud. “Through ongoing collaboration with CERN openlab, we will broaden the global reach of our hybrid cloud solutions, while simultaneously helping to set the pace of innovation within the field of particle physics.”