Monday, July 19, 2010

And it shall be called openstack!

Almost a year ago I went back to work at Rackspace to help develop Rackspace's cloudfiles product. I haven't had the time to blog all that much since, but today's news is too exciting to not blog about!

Today, we are releasing the code behind cloudfiles as open source software under the newly created openstack cloud initiative. The project is called swift, and the code is currently available at Launchpad.

Swift is a highly available, distributed, object store. It is written with Python and uses the Eventlet library to handle the network IO. Swift is available as open source software under the Apache 2.0 license. The code that we are releasing is the same code that powers Rackspace's cloudfiles (minus a few boring bits that are very specific to Rackspace.)

If you are interested, come check out the openstack initiative, or check out the code on Launchpad, or just come hang out in IRC #openstack on freenode. If you are at OSCON this week, be sure to check out some of the talks being given on the subject.

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