Using open source to build the ultimate walled garden

Much has been made about AT&T’s surprise entry into the OpenStack project earlier this week. Most notably, why the major U.S. carrier decided to sign up for OpenStack in the first place.

That’s no slam on OpenStack, mind you: the Rackspace-owned cloud computing project is much-beloved in the open source community for the technology and the Apache license that covers the project. The fact that governance will be shifting from Rackspace proper to a planned OpenStack Foundation definitely helps, too.

But why would a carrier want to make use of OpenStack? There are some clues, most notably AT&T’s planned AT&T Cloud Architect program, a service that will provide “public, private, and bare metal cloud servers or choose dedicated options.”

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