Rackspace and CERN Partner On Hybrid Cloud Computing System

Posted Jul 2, 2013

Rackspace Hosting
has partnered with the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), according to AllThingsD.  CERN is known for building the Internet 20 years ago.  CERN and Rackspace are building a hybrid cloud computing system.  A hybrid cloud is when hardware powering the cloud is based in two different places.

The hardware that the customer has at their location directly works with the hardware that the service provider has.  This makes it possible to handle large workloads.  The open-source cloud operating system OpenStack is used in this initiative.

CERN is an international organization that operates the world’s largest particle physics laboratory that was established in 1954.  The organization is based near the Franco-Swiss border in the suburbs of Geneva.

CERN is known for smashing particles together at high speeds.  CERN products around 25 petabytes of data per year that has to be analyzed.  Rackspace and CERN have an existing relationship.  Rackspace helped CERN with a system that helps computing workloads burst into the Rackspace public cloud.

CERN is now going to tie into Rackspace’s public and private cloud services with Openstack-based cloud systems.  CERN has Openstack-based cloud systems in their own data centers.  Check out the video below about the partnership: