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Is Red Hat now the boss of OpenStack? Should it be?

on March 10, 2014


Rackspace(s rax) turned over the reins of OpenStack to a foundation just over three years ago, in part to show that the open-source cloud framework was not dominated by one vendor. And presto, other  vendors signed on in droves.  There are, at last count: 8 top-tier Platinum members; 19 Golds; 60 Corporate Sponsors and — wait, there’s more –more than 200 “supporting organizations.”  GoDaddy just joined the effort last week. Seems like the only major IT vendors not on that list somewhere are Amazon(s amzn) and Microsoft(s msft).

And yet, there is uneasiness among the rank-and-file that Red Hat(s rhat) is angling to be the new boss in town. By some counts, Red Hat contributed the most code to the current Havana release of OpenStack and according to attendees of the OpenStack Summit in Hong Kong last fall, Red Hat signage and presence dominated the floor.

Scratch the surface and there’s…

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