Spine is an open source technology for provisioning and scaling that was originally built by Ticketmaster and then released as open source. Steve Curry, CEO of Metacloud, was formerly a Senior VP at Ticketmaster before leaving along with some members of his cloud engineering team to create the OpenStack-based startup.
Instead of being yet another OpenStack-based distribution, Metacloud aims to differentiate itself by providing fully managed private cloud deployments. OpenStack has emerged to become of the leading open source cloud platforms benefiting from the support of IBM, HP, Dell, IBM, Cisco, AT&T, Red Hat and Ubuntu.
“The big appeal of the public cloud is not that it’s public, but that it is fully managed,” Curry told Datamation. “So we want to provide that same fully managed experience with OpenStack where companies just consume their own compute resources.”
Curry stressed that the Metacloud model is about adding value by way of its experienced operations team. Part of the operations team experience stems from the Spine effort at Ticketmaster. The spine system was first built in 2004 as a robust configuration management system that was later released under the open source GPL license.