With the storage leader now formally aboard the OpenStack Foundation, it’s almost easier to count the IT vendors who have not climbed aboard this open-source cloud bandwagon.


EMC has joined the OpenStack open-source cloud effort. The news hits three months after VMware — 80 percent owned by EMC — signaled its intention to back the initiative. EMC joins as a corporate-level member while VMware is a higher-level gold member.

emcopenstackThe news was posted to a blog by EMC global marketing CTO Chuck Hollis late Tuesday. Hollis wrote that OpenStack, like Linux before it, has “matured in to a serious enterprise operating environment” and “the OpenStack Foundation is the key industry nexus point for the evolution of a growing number of different-flavored distributions and editions.”

NASA and Rackspace launched OpenStack about three years ago to be an alternative to Amazon Web Services and VMware. Since then, it has gained a ton of vendor support with Hewlett-Packard, Cisco, IBM and Red Hat all joining up. Citrix was a big proponent but last April started pushing CloudStack as an Apache-backed OpenStack alternative. In fact, it’s almost easier to count the IT giants who are not in the OpenStack fold — that would be Microsoft, Amazon and –until yesterday — EMC.

As Hollis noted:

“Over time, we believe that OpenStack-based distributions will be considered by more IT organizations — just like Linux before it. The per-customer specifics will vary widely based on all sorts of factors, but it’s hard to argue the macro trend.”

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  1. Reblogged this on DanWolkenstein.

  2. Wilfred Brimblecombe Wednesday, December 12, 2012

    Reblogged this on AustESE: Australian Electronic Scholarly Editing and commented:
    This has got to be good news for NeCTAR infrastructure in general.

  3. Well if EMC is interested by OpenStack, they will be absolutely fascinated by CEPH.

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