First OpenStack Public Cloud Offering Released
It's truly amazing how fast the OpenStack project gained support from so many organizations and then became the basis for several commercial offerings. The need for cross-compatibility and the push against vendor lock-in have become powerful forces in the cloud ecosystem. That much is clear now.
Along with Internaps' release of their OpenStack-Compute-based Public Cloud offering, they also have their XIPCloud Storage offering that is built on the OpenStack Storage framework, the other main component of OpenStack besides the Compute component.
In time, we could see OpenStack compete with VMware and Amazon with its open technology and friendly, helpful community. The huge advantage of having a large, cooperative community sharing common APIs will be a lucrative advantage for many cloud vendors. Rackspace, HP, Dell, and DreamHost plan to follow up with their own OpenStack-based clouds.