Dell Open Sources OpenStack Installer

OpenStack is getting a big vote of confidence from Dell.

Dell (NASDAQ: DELL) is launching new commercial support and services for the open source cloud computing platform. OpenStack started a year ago with code contributions from NASA and Rackspace and has since grown to more than 88 member companies, including Dell.

The Dell OpenStack Cloud Solution includes a reference architecture based on Dell PowerEdge C Series servers and is intended to help rapidly deploy a cloud infrastructure.

Igoe noted that the Dell solution is based on the recent OpenStack Cactus release that debuted in April. Dell is also going a step further and contributing new code into the open source base.

“Dell has taken the core open source code, and we’ve wrapped around that a piece of technology that we developed called Crowbar, which is an installation tool,” John Igoe, Executive Director for Dell Cloud Solutions told

Igoe noted Dell built crowbar because it saw a real need for an installer technology. As to why it is making crowbar available as open source, instead of keeping it as a proprietary competitive advantage, Igoe said it is an issue of credibility.

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