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Why I Left Rackspace and What About Openstack

Mar 23, 2011, 12:03 (1 Talkback[s])
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[ Thanks to Bill Fisher for this link. ]

"In my opinion, one of the things that led to the poor process used for the governance changes was that they were overreacting to negative blogs about Rackspace's purchase of Anso Labs. This is indicative of what I see as a problem of focus. Rackspace seems to view this as a marketing and PR property, when in fact, it is a technological endeavor. That the people "in charge" of the project, from the Rackspace side, are marketing and business development folks reinforces this idea.

"I think that the PR effort around Openstack has had a tremendous effect on its success thus far, but it is adjunct to the project and not the meat of the project. The one actual problem that I have with the substance of the governance changes, is that I think it creates many weak technical leaders with very short terms. Unless Openstack is lead by a strong technical team, it will ultimately fail."

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