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Rackspace's CEO on Open Source and OpenStack

Jan 19, 2011, 19:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Glyn Mody)

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"I wrote about the open source OpenStack back in October, based largely on wandering around the main OpenStack site. But there's no substitute for talking to people involved - especially when they are Lanham Napier, CEO of Rackspace, one of the two instigators of the OpenStack project (the other being NASA). He filled me in on the background to both his company and the OpenStack project.

"The former goes back 12 years to the heady days of the dotcom boom, when it helped companies gain quick access to this new-fangled Internet thing - quick being 24 hours rather than the usual six weeks that most offered. Over time, Rackspace has evolved from a company providing the basic infrastructure to one doing that plus services. Today, Rackspace is a public company and has an annual turnover of around $850 million."

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