First OpenStack Release Produces Open Source Cloud Alternative

Open Source Cloud Project Grows to 35+ Member Organizations and Hundreds of Developers

SAN ANTONIO--()--OpenStack™, an open source cloud computing platform with broad developer and commercial support, today announced the “Austin” code release of OpenStack Compute and Object Storage. Since the project's inception three months ago, OpenStack has built an active community of contributors, delivered on its code release and feature commitments, attracted new member organizations and received significant interest from enterprises and service providers.

“The support and active participation from the community has been amazing to see. We are much further along than we expected to be three months into this project, and the future is very promising,” said Jim Curry, Chief Stacker and General Manager of OpenStack. "The community is rallying around the vision of an open source cloud alternative, which would eliminate the need for service providers to reinvent the wheel with proprietary cloud stacks, and allow cloud consumers the freedom to move their applications among the open source clouds, whether it be an enterprise private cloud or simply to change service providers."

The code for OpenStack Object Storage, a highly available cloud storage platform based on source code from Rackspace® Cloud Files, was made available as a developer preview in July. The Austin release makes it easier to install and deploy, and has dozens of bug fixes and feature additions including a statistics processor, enhanced access control and user-defined metadata.

The initial release of OpenStack Compute, a large-scale compute provisioning engine, is ready for testing and prototyping, and users are encouraged to participate in the open development process by installing the code and providing feedback. The goal with this release is to create an easier path to adoption for the three stakeholder communities: service providers building cloud offerings, enterprises and government agencies deploying private clouds, and the ecosystem of cloud technology providers integrating with OpenStack.

"Congratulations to the community on the OpenStack 'Austin' code release," said Yoichi Kihara, Executive Manager of NTT DATA Corporation. "NTT DATA expects this release will have great power in making Cloud Computing technology open and that OpenStack will be widely used over the world."

"Citrix will deliver OpenStack technology as an integral part of the Citrix OpenCloud platform," said Peter Levine, senior vice president and general manager of the Datacenter and Cloud Division at Citrix. "The industry has spoken, and customers are demanding open, cross platform virtualization solutions. We're already seeing positive results from our early participation in the developer community, and we see momentum building to make OpenStack the open source standard for both enterprise and public cloud deployments."

The OpenStack community will determine the roadmap for the next two releases, starting with the "Bexar" release currently scheduled for January, at the next Design Summit, November 9-12, in San Antonio, Texas: http://www.openstack.org/register

About OpenStack™

OpenStack is a large-scale open source cloud project and community established to drive industry standards, end cloud lock-in and speed the adoption of cloud technologies by service providers and enterprises. The project currently includes OpenStack Object Storage, a fully distributed object store, and OpenStack Compute, a scalable compute provisioning engine. OpenStack was founded by Rackspace® Hosting through its wholly owned subsidiary, OpenStack, LLC, and has the support of more than 35 technology industry leaders. For more information and to join the community, visit OpenStack.org.

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. If such risks or uncertainties materialize or such assumptions prove incorrect, the results of Rackspace Hosting could differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including any statements concerning expected development of the OpenStack project; the acceptance of OpenStack technology as an industry standard; anticipated operational and financial benefits from any development of the OpenStack project; the participation of other companies or individuals in the OpenStack project; any statements of expectation or belief; and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include the possibility that expected benefits from the OpenStack project may not materialize because the underlying technology is not reliable or generally compatible with industry standards; there are changes in technology that adversely affect the adoption of the standards, and other risks that are described in Rackspace Hosting's Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2010, filed with the SEC on August 9, 2010. Except as required by law, Rackspace Hosting assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements publicly, or to update the reasons actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future.

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Lauren Sell, 713-398-8700
lauren.sell@rackspace.com

Release Summary

OpenStack issues Austin code release of Compute and Object Storage.

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Contacts

for OpenStack
Lauren Sell, 713-398-8700
lauren.sell@rackspace.com