NASA backs off OpenStack development


Updated: NASA, which along with Rackspace(s rax) was one of two original backers of the OpenStack project, will stop developing software for the open-source cloud platform.

Karen Petraska, an executive in NASA’s CIO office, told attendees of the Uptime Symposium on Tuesday that the agency is scaling back development now that the OpenStack has hit the commercialization stage, according to a report in Web Host Industry Review. Rackspace launched its OpenStack public cloud early this month and Hewlett-Packard(s hpq) put its public cloud iteration into beta soon thereafter so there is no shortage of OpenStack cloud suppliers.

According to the report, Petraska said rather than competing with cloud providers, NASA wants to be a “smart consumer” of commercial cloud services. She also said NASA would stop development for the OpenStack-related Nebula infrastructure-as-a-platform project. Petraska could not be reached for comment but other sources close to OpenStack confirmed the report.

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