OpenStack is a free and open source-based software platform for private and public clouds. It is a relatively new project, which started as late as 2010 when Rackspace and NASA jointly released the first version “Austin”. The platform has been developed to enable and assist organizations and companies to offer cloud services on standard hardware – without being locked into licenses and narrow standards, and with all the advantages of the fast-growing community around OpenStack.
In 2011 some developers from Ubuntu branch jumped on the OpenStack train fully and then Canonical joined in with full OpenStack support already from the third release. This was quickly followed by Debian, SUSE, Red Hat, and subsequently Oracle & amp; HP and the technical community around OpenStack is now huge.
The acceleration in functionality and level of maturity of OpenStack has in recent years grown tremendously. OpenStack is, like many similar softwares today, at six-month release cycles. The image is borrowed from our supplier Atomia and their presentation from WHD.usa in the spring 2015 and shows pretty well how the maturity of the project has grown since its beginning.
We at Binero offer only the tip of the iceberg of what OpenStack is with our flexible cloud VPS’s, dynamic storage and its own private mini-cloud for our customers. For the end user it may not matter much in direct relation if the provider is running OpenStack, but indirectly it gives us as a provider many opportunities to offer our customers better services: