This week in cloud: OpenStack chugs along and Eucalyptus shakes up

OpenStack updates

The OpenStack community keeps chugging along, with Morphlabs the latest to come out with an updated version of its OpenStack cloud. MCloud Osmium is designed and priced for third-party service providers wanting to offer Amazon(s amzn)-like public cloud services.  The OpenStack Foundation  recently voted to name the next major release of its technology Havana. There should be a lot more information on that at the OpenStack Summit in Portland come April.

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Rackspace to staff up, with some help from Texas

One of the original OpenStack backers, Rackspace(s rax) plans to add 1000 people to its ranks in the next 2 years. The San Antonio, Texas-based company is getting some help from its home state, with Texas funding a $2.5 million grant, according to Computerworld.

Rackspace will get help educating people in “cloud-specific IT” like Ruby or Python programming languages.

Eucalyptus co-founder returns to academia

Rich Wolski, the University of California Santa Barbara phenom who co-founded Eucalyptus, will spend more time back at UCSB and less at the private cloud company he helped create, as GigaOM reported Friday.

Eucalyptus CEO Marten Mickos also confirmed that Said Ziouani, a Red Hat veteran who came aboard two years ago to lead sales, has left.

Late last year, Mickos told me that Eucalyptus is now running its EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region out of the US and that David Butler, the SVP of marketing that joined the company two years ago, left last fall.

Other news you can use

Government IT reseller DLT adds Amazon Web Services to its GSA contract.

Oracle releases still more Java patches.

Microsoft makes collaboration easier by dropping SkyDrive sign-in requirement.

Belgian startup ComodIT takes on Puppet and Chef with autoscaling.

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