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The open source cloud project is adding ease-of-use features, support for Hyper-V, and "getting started" documentation.

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OpenStack, the open source project working to establish a standard cloud system for both suppliers and users, has offered its second installment of a basic cloud operating system with more enterprise-friendly features.

The additions are meant to make it easier to install OpenStack as governing software for either a public service provider's or an enterprise customer's cloud operation. They make it possible for users of an OpenStack-based cloud to pre-install and create application environments, spinning up more copies when they're needed to scale out.

OpenStack launched last July as Rackspace, a cloud infrastructure provider, and NASA, whose Nebula cloud is a pacesetter for the federal government, said they were pooling their expertise in a joint open source project. The initial "Austin" release of OpenStack last October included OpenStack Compute for provisioning and managing cloud servers and OpenStack ObjectStorage, a cloud file system based in part on Rackspace's Cloud Files service.

Thursday afternoon, Rackspace made available for free download the second issue of OpenStack, the Bexar release. (Bexar, pronounced "Bear" in Texas, is the name of the county that surrounds San Antonio, where the second OpenStack Design Summit was held last November.)

"We think there's a sense that a standard is emerging and it's open (OpenStack)... This is the time for people to get their OpenStack implementations going," said Mark Collier, VP of business development at Rackspace and a "stacker" or staff member of the project,, in an interview.

OpenStack Compute has added support for IPv6, so its adopters won't be outmoded if the present Internet protocol addressing scheme runs out of numbers. OpenStack's API calls have been internationalized so that implementers will get messages back in their own language (or at least one of the eight that are now operative). Step-by-step guides on how to get started with OpenStack Compute and OpenStack ObjectStore have been completed and are now available at

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