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What VMware's bid to join OpenStack really means

Eric Knorr | Aug. 29, 2012
VMware has asked to become a member of the foundation governing OpenStack, the open source cloud operating system -- but in a sense, VMware has already joined

You might even say that by paying $1.2 billion for Nicira, VMware bought itself not only leading-edge network virtualization, but also the most influential position possible in OpenStack, because the networking component -- whose development was led by Nicira -- is arguably the most strategic component. It's the linchpin of the software-defined data center.

Will VMware be a good OpenStack citizen? I think so. It serves everyone to maintain interoperability among private cloud solutions -- and there's enormous latitude to differentiate. As Brian Proffitt recently noted, OpenStack differs sharply from Linux in that it has been driven by vendors from the very start. In that consortium's collective effort to bring enterprise customers into the cloud era, welcoming VMware to the club will surely accelerate OpenStack's momentum.


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