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Eucalyptus, OpenStack dogfight in cloud war

Mar 23, 2012, 21:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

[ Thanks to Amy Bennett for this link. ]

"First, some good news for one of the competitors, OpenStack: the subsidiary division of RackSpace announced a partnership with Dell and Canonical to start offering Ubuntu-based OpenStack private clouds in the U.K., Germany, and China.

"But this good news may be overshadowed by other news that could make potential customers think twice about deploying with the OpenStack Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) product.

"First, and perhaps most significantly, there was the announcement today that Amazon Web Services has formalized their relationship with Eucalyptus Systems to offer AWS-compatible private cloud stacks. I say "formalize" because this is something that Eucalyptus has pretty much been doing anyway? but, as with most things related to Amazon and their APIs, there was always the concern that Amazon could take their marbles and go home, leaving Eucalyptus and other services that depended on those APIs high and dry.

"The is something major vendors will do from time to time: instead of working with a partner company, they will just buy that company (or a competitor) and incorporate that company's products within its own offerings--instantly shifting a service like AWS from partner to potential competitor. "

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