"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."