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What Rackspace’s OpenStack Announcement Means to SOASTA Customers

In case you weren’t able to attend Monday’s Rackspace OpenStack Design Summit in San Francisco, here are the highlights:

On the heels of rival Citrix Systems’ CloudStack announcement, Rackspace released its production-ready next generation cloud powered by OpenStack. OpenStack is the open source cloud operating system defined by developers and organizations including NASA, IBM, Red Hat, Morphlabs and Piston Cloud Computing.

What does this mean for SOASTA customers?

We grew up with Rackspace in the Cloud. Since 2008, we’ve used tens of thousands of Rackspace servers. In fact, this past weekend we ran a millions-of-users test for the 2012 Olympic Summer Games. We used Rackspace Cloud Servers to help Verizon test in preparation for an iPhone launch. We used it to help Hallmark prepare for Valentine’s Day.

We’ll support the OpenStack Cloud Services by offering the Rackspace Cloud as one of the public cloud choices available for the SOASTA Global Test Cloud. Our Global Test Cloud, part of our CloudTest Platform, provides our customers with the ability to simulate hundreds to thousands to millions of users across the globe to ensure the production performance of their mobile and web apps.

Like Maverick and Goose in “Top Gun,” we feel the need for speed. The quicker we are, the more tests we can run. For us, speed and capacity go hand-in-hand. On a daily basis we’re accessing thousands of servers for testing applications – often in production – across data centers, geographies and service providers. At last count our Global Test Cloud was made up of 350,000 servers from 17 service providers in 47 different locations. We run a lot of tests and we need a lot of capacity. And we’re always looking for more.

We look forward to our continued partnership with Rackspace.


Tom Lounibos

About the Author

Tom Lounibos

As CEO of SOASTA, Tom brings more than 30 years of experience building early stage software companies, leading two companies to successful IPOs. Tom is a regular speaker at both cloud and testing events, and has become a leading advocate in using the cloud to empower individuals and accelerate changes in how applications are built, tested and deployed. Most recently, Tom served as President and CEO of Kenamea. Prior to Kenamea, he was CEO of Dorado Corp., a financial services software provider. Previous to Dorado, he was EVP of Sagent Technology through its 1999 IPO, entrepreneur-in-residence at Crosspoint Venture Partners, and held executive positions at Digitalk Corp., Knowledgeware (KWI) and Encore Financial Services. Tom also serves on several boards in the Silicon Valley.