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You can see Space in an Open Cloud

space_in_cloud_sml.jpgNASA has teamed up with Rackspace to announce a new project called OpenStack with the goal of allowing any organization to create and offer cloud computing capabilities using Open Source Software running on standard hardware.  Ryan Paul's recent blog on the state of this development is a great place to catch up on where NASA may be heading with this.  With the number of big names involved in the OpenStack project, it's hard to see this not taking off.  Check out this great 5-minute overview of OpenStack, or you can check out the code available on LaunchPad.

open-stack-cloud-computing-logo-2.pngNASA had initially built their Nebula computing platform on top of Eucalyptus but teamed up with Rackspace when they increasingly ran into limitation with Eucalyptus.  Eucalyptus was one of the first OpenSource infrastructures for cloud computing.  An injection of funding in April 2009 launched Eucalyptus Systems into the commercial development and support stream for the Eucalyptus project that had grown out of UCSB's MAYHEM lab.  Ryan Paul's article from last year provides a good overview of this project, or check out the Eucalyptus project directly.