Internap has become the latest data center services provider to launch a public cloud service built using the open source cloud infrastructure software OpenStack. The company has offered public cloud services before, but the new AgileCLOUD platform ensures better operability with other OpenStack-based clouds through the OpenStack API.
“We’ve had a cloud offering for some time, but with this step we’re taking a different approach by going the open source route,” Adam Weissmuller, director of product management for cloud and hosting at Internap, said. ”We’ve had the AgileCLOUD platform, but it was built on a proprietary API. If you think back several years ago, there were very few standards. Going from provider to provider often required learning a new language, making it difficult to move. With OpenStack it’s an interoperable cloud.”