Nebula, the much-anticipated project from former NASA CTO Chris Kemp came out of stealth with its hardware appliance that harnesses OpenStack.
Last week it was announced that NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) would be making use of Amazon’s cloud to handle the massive influx of data from the extended Mars rover missions–data that had outgrown its home in the initial systems the agency dedicated. This marks a critical stage in testing the cloud for government agency research missions, and opens the door to future use of its own Nebula cloud, which is still being evaluated.
This week NASA announced the pre-release for its Nebula-powered Cloud Services for internal personnel, bringing an end to the beta period and spawning an era of new experimentation with a cloud platform for agency research.
The National Science Foundation has awarded funding to four projects as part of the Future Internet Architecture program; and the 3PAR bidding war is won by HP. We recap those stories and more in our weekly wrapup.
In order to cut costs and keep the Nebula as an affordable resource, NASA leverages open source software across the board. An interview with NASA CTO Chris Kemp sheds light on the space agency’s rejection of proprietary models.
Today’s announcement from Rackspace about the OpenStack project, which included details about NASA involvement with some of its Nebula code, also identified partners–companies with a direct stake in creating an open cloud enviornment. We talk with one such partner, Cloud.com about their history with the project and with HPC more generally.
NASA engineers have developed a cloud computing environment in a portable container that’s about to go into broader testing. Take a look inside…