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Rackspace, CERN to Build Massive Hybrid Cloud

The deployment will be based on OpenStack cloud computing software.


CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, already uses OpenStack to power its private cloud environment. Now, its openlab group is partnering with Rackspace to build a large hybrid cloud environment based on the same technology.

“We’re helping them make the vision of hybrid cloud do-able — [CERN is] starting to federate their existing cloud, the cloud we’re building with them and the public cloud at Rackspace,” explained Rackspace CTO John Engates.

The deployment could serve as a reference architecture for other large organizations interested in hybrid cloud environments. Engates added, "CERN doubling down on OpenStack and bringing us in gives us a big test bed and venue. We have aspirations to put our cloud in every context."

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