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Datapipe launches largest CloudStack deployment

Managed hosting and cloud computing provider Datapipe has launched the largest geographic deployment of an Apache CloudStack infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud, the company says.

Datapipe's IaaS offering includes six data centers around the world, including in California, Virginia, New York, London, Shanghai and Hong Kong, representing the largest international public cloud to be built on the open source CloudStack software, according to Datapipe and Citrix, CloudStack's backer.

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"With multiple availability zones distributed across North America, Europe and Asia, Datapipe's Stratosphere platform is the most widely deployed Apache CloudStack environment on the market," says Peder Ulander, vice president, product marketing, cloud platforms group at Citrix. Ulander notes that other large-scale CloudStack deployments include offerings from SoftLayer, NTT, BT, GoDaddy, LeaseWeb, Logicworks, Contegix, Tata Communications, Ninefold and others.

In addition to an IaaS cloud offering, Datapipe says its cloud is compatible with Amazon Web Service offerings, which CloudStack backers say is one of the main differentiators between their project and competing open source project OpenStack. Datapipe even named its IaaS offering Stratosphere Elastic Cloud Compute, a strikingly similar name to Amazon Web Service's Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) offering. Datapipe also has a high performance computing cloud-based offering as well as managed service, managed application and colocation offerings.

Citrix was initially involved in OpenStack, but largely left the community earlier this year when it brought software it acquired from Cloud.com to the Apache Software Foundation as an open source project named CloudStack.

OpenStack, meanwhile, is set to celebrate its two-year anniversary this week. That project has signed on a variety of big-name contributors, including Cisco, Dell, IBM and Red Hat. Other than Rackspace, HP is the first of those big-name companies to launch a product based on the OpenStack code with its Converged Cloud offering.

Network World staff writer Brandon Butler covers cloud computing and social collaboration. He can be reached at BButler@nww.com and found on Twitter at @BButlerNWW.


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