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July 27, 2011 / David Bleeker

Year-old OpenStack’s cloud future looks rosy

As the recent uproar over the Amazon outage put in bold relief, Amazon Web Services has become the de facto standard for IaaS in the public cloud. While companies such as VMware, Microsoft, Red Hat, and IBM hope to use their data center presence to grab significant pieces of the IaaS pie, a growing number of technology providers are aligning around open-source cloud contender OpenStack as a platform for both public cloud providers and for customers’ private clouds.

That backing has by no means been trivial, either. Well-established vendors and providers such as Dell, Rackspace, and Citrix are throwing real weight behind OpenStack in the form of actual products and implementations (as opposed to intriguing propositions — such as Cisco’s vision of a network-as-a-service built on OpenStack or AT&T’s consideration of building a private cloud on the platform). [read more]

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