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Hewlett-Packard Jumps on OpenStack Bandwagon

Count Hewlett-Packard as the latest member company to join the OpenStack project, the open source cloud effort formed a year ago.

As the largest IT vendor in terms of revenues, it can be argued that HP's presence is a major boost for OpenStack. Or perhaps the vendor realized that some of its key rivals -- Cisco and Dell -- were already major contributors to an effort that appears to be gaining momentum.

NASA and Rackspace contributed the code for an open source cloud operating system that was contributed to the community under the Apache 2.0 license. Besides Cisco and Dell, the OpenStack Project boasts a laundry list of players including Citrix, Equinix, Intel, Opscode and RightScale.

"HP recognizes that open and interoperable cloud infrastructure and services are critical in delivering the next generation of cloud-based services to developers, businesses and consumers," said Emil Sayegh, HP's VP of Cloud Services, in a blog post. "HP is taking an active role in the OpenStack community and we see this as an opportunity to enable customers, partners and developers with unique infrastructure and development solutions across public, private and hybrid cloud environments."

Sayegh said HP will sponsor the OpenStack Design Summit and OpenStack Conference, slated for October in Boston.

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on 07/27/2011 at 1:14 PM


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