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June 27, 2011

DreamHost Offers Support for the Development of OpenStack

DreamHost, a global full-service Web hosting company, announced its decision to support the development of OpenStack, an open source cloud operating system.

DreamHost has been supporting open source software and the open source community for years. OpenStack is expected to open standards for public and private clouds, and DreamHost wants to assist the OpenStack project to mature through their ongoing contributions.

OpenStack is a global development community with more than 75 participating organizations.

“We had originally created Ceph to address an industry need for a commodity-based open source distributed data storage platform,” said Ben Cherian, general manager of Emerging Technologies, DreamHost, in a statement.

“When we learned of the OpenStack project, we saw a real opportunity to apply this technology to a larger community effort,” Cherian added. “We believe that the future of cloud computing is in open source, and efforts like OpenStack are key to realizing its full potential.”

DreamHost's software development team has been contributing code to the OpenStack project for the past several months. The team will continue to contribute for the long term, leveraging next-generation technology incubated within DreamHost's own development team into the cloud operating system.

Among its many ongoing contributions, DreamHost is working to integrate Ceph, a distributed, scalable, open source file system built from the ground up for managing data on a petabyte scale, with OpenStack.

“We are excited to strengthen the OpenStack community through the ongoing contributions of DreamHost, a service provider with deep expertise around open source distributed data storage,” said Stephen Spector, community manager, OpenStack. “We welcome DreamHost's contributions and their shared vision of a scalable and open cloud.”

Back in May, SMEStorage announced that it has enabled support for OpenStack Swift (News - Alert) Object Storage within its Open Cloud SaaS Platform and its on-premise Cloud appliance. Swift is a sub-project of OpenStack and provides a highly scalable redundant unstructured data store.


Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.
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