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VIDEO – Rackspace: OpenStack Bet Is Paying Off

The crazyness of OpenStack is amazing,” Curry said. “It has led to a huge amount of innovation.”

The innovation has not come without cost to Rackspace, especially in the early days of the effort. He added that explaining to the Rackspace board of directors that he wanted to take technology that the company had spent millions of dollars developing and then give it away for free did take some time. That said, the Rackspace board was supportive as the company has strong open-source roots, contributing to a large number of different projects.