OpenStack is a cloud operating system that controls large pools of compute, storage, and networking resources throughout datacentres, managed through a dashboard or API empowering users to provision resources.
The Service is called “Grace”. This has been named after Grace Hopper. Grace Hopper was a pioneer of computer programming, inventing one of the first compiler related tools. The Research Services cloud is named “Eleanor” after Eleanor Anne Ormerod.
This Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud service is designed to provide self-service virtual machines and storage direct to end users. The service provides the facility to build, and destroy, Cloud Instances rapidly. The service is an implementation of OpenStack, and the underlying hypervisor is VMware's ESXi. The currently deployed release is based upon the Queens release of OpenStack.
This service can be managed through the OpenStack Horizon web interface, or API, and doesn't require any direct interaction with ITI Enterprise Services to instantiate your services.
At the time of writing this service is not designed to supersede the Virtual Hosting platform as the primary location to run production services, if you wish to run non ephemeral virtual machines in a enterprise grade production environment you should request a VM within Virtual-Hosting and re-run any configuration management tools of your service stacks there.