With Its Big Backers, OpenStack May Have Won the Open Source Cloud Crown

Back in April, when Citrix made its decision to cut its support for the open source OpenStack cloud computing platform and move full steam ahead with the next phase of its CloudStack strategy, stories appeared everywhere about how close the open source cloud computing race is. OpenStack, CloudStack and Eucalyptus Systems were described as being in a very tight three-horse race.
Since then, though, the might of OpenStack’s very big backers has become more and more apparent. Announcements from Red Hat, Rackspace and Canonical in just the past few days show OpenStack to be emerging as the clear leader in open cloud platforms.
OpenStack, of course, has numerous powerful companies backing it, many of which are part of the OpenStack Foundation. Just last week, Rackspace, which has begun calling itself "the open cloud company," announced the release of Rackspace Private Cloud software, built on OpenStack and designed for companies that want to install, test and run a multi-node OpenStack-based private cloud environment. 
That news, of course, immediately followed Red Hat’s announcement of its upcoming OpenStac-based cloud platform, already available in a preview edition. And

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