Announcing Support for OpenStack and the Rackspace Cloud

Infochimps is happy to announce that we now support the next generation Rackspace Cloud, based on OpenStack. Through integration with the OpenStack API the Infochimps Platform can now power big data applications based in the Rackspace Cloud, expanding the reach of the Infochimps Platform and making the running of complex big data infrastructures quick and easy for a broader range of users.

Rackspace customers running the new OpenStack-based Rackspace Cloud Servers can quickly and easily spin up Hadoop clusters to power their big data applications in as little as 20 minutes with a single command using the Infochimps Platform. With the power of Ironfan, Infochimps’ open source provisioning tool, and Dashpot, Infochimps’ visualization and operations dashboard, customers can easily monitor and manage their Big Data operations on an ongoing basis, or leave it to Infochimps to manage it on the Rackspace Cloud for them.

Check out this demo of Infochimps Platform running in the Rackspace Cloud:

Why OpenStack and Rackspace?
From the beginning, the Infochimps Platform has been built on a foundation of open source tools for managing data, aimed at simplifying the experience of working with complex technologies such as Hadoop or Cassandra. Within the Infochimps Platform, Wukong, Ironfan and Swineherd are major open sourced components of the stack. OpenStack supports our open source tradition with its strong open source ecosystem. It is used by and contributed to by not only Rackspace, but organizations such as NASA, Canonical, RedHat, Dell, HP, and AT&T, so its architecture serves a multitude of needs, rather than bending to the whims of a single provider.

OpenStack also encourages standardization among Infrastructure as a Service providers, which ultimately benefits everyone in the market. Clients can make (and remake) decisions based on their businesses’ current day to day needs, without needing to employ a crystal ball to try to predict which provider will be best for them in the long term. By sharing open and standard interfaces, cloud providers can compete on current quality and value, instead of fighting to lock-in customers based on promises.

The modular design of OpenStack is part of what makes standards possible without blocking innovation. There are a set of core APIs that every provider will support, and extensions for added capabilities that not every provider will want to allow. The contracts these APIs provide can be (and often are) fulfilled by different back-end providers, letting each provider make different architectural choices without requiring customers to completely retool to take advantage of them. All of this allows apples-to-apples comparison of provider architectures, without making orange sales impossible.

What does OpenStack mean for Infochimps?
The work we’ve done to support this announcement has enabled us to provide a level of abstraction from the Amazon Web Services environment, and we can deploy our platform in a cloud agnostic way. Many of our customers have asked for implementations on their in-house cloud environments – our OpenStack support allows those implementations to be airlifted in using a common set of APIs that sit on top of whatever infrastructure already exists, instead of one-off installations that require more custom development and introduce brittleness.

Interested in learning more about Infochimps, Rackspace, and OpenStack? Contact us today for more information!