NASA buys into consuming cloud services
NASA is shifting its emphasis away from developing cloud services and toward being a “smart consumer” of commercial cloud services, Michael Hardy reports in Federal Computer Week. The agency announced the shift in May at the Uptime Institute’s symposium in Santa Clara, Calif., and now a NASA official has shared more insight on an agency blog.
The road NASA is on with the effort started in 2008, when it formed an initiative called NASA.net to consolidate NASA's Web space onto a unified platform, wrote Raymond O’Brien. acting CIO at the NASA Ames Research Center, on a blog established to chronicle the progress of the program. The program was eventually renamed Nebula.
NASA developed an open-source controller program, which it used in conjunction with a storage system from Rackspace, which took a similar technological approach, O'Brien wrote. NASA and Rackspace then teamed up to create the OpenStack initiative.
“Our hope was that a community would form around these two pieces of software toward the construction of an open-source cloud operating system. To say that our greatest hopes in this regard were met would be an understatement,” O'Brien wrote. “OpenStack today has the support of hundreds of individuals and organizations around the world, all set on realizing the original vision for the project.”
However, NASA's greatest contributions of code came during OpenStack's early days, and now the developer community has grown dramatically, making the agency's role less and less crucial.
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