(The Hosting News) – NASA is planning to step away from its work with OpenStack, according to a recent report from data center news site DatacenterDynamics.com. The space agency developed the open source cloud IaaS alongside Rackspace Hosting.
Open source cloud software available through OpenStack’s platform allows for a variety of cloud storage features. According to openstack.org, the platform is specifically suited to assist in the management of VM networks.
So why back away now? Since its initial introduction to the market in 2010, the platform has experienced steady commercial adoption. That factor was cited as a reason for NASA to now transition away, according to Karen Petraska, a senior executive in the agency’s CIO department. Petraska discussed NASA’s reasoning when speaking during the Uptime Institute’s symposium earlier this week.
Within the recent past, Open Stack’s technology has received support from top tech innovators including HP, Dell and CISCO, according to an article last month from Wired.
According to the DatacenterDynamics report, Petraska also emphasized that it was not the agency’s role to be involved in pushing commercial technology. OpenStack is not the only project NASA is cutting its involvement with. The same DatacenterDynamics report indicated that the agency would also halt its developmental involvement with Nebula, another cloud infrastructure solution.
In March, NASA provided unique insight regarding critical data breaches it faced via a report prepared for a U.S. House of Representatives committee. According to NASA Inspector General Paul K. Martin, the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory was breached, leaking data pertaining to more than 150 employees.