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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