The OpenStack Foundation Launches, Wields Lots of Cloud Might

In the past several weeks, many momentous announcements have arrived surrounding OpenStack, the open source cloud computing framework. As we reported, 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 OpenStack-based cloud platform, already available in a preview edition. And, Canonical has released the Cloud Archive for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Server, an online software repository from which administrators can download the latest versions of OpenStack, for use with the latest long-term support (LTS) release of Ubuntu.
 Now, following months of gathering partners and funding, The OpenStack Foundation has launched. The Foundation will aim to keep OpenStack independent and has already attracted more than 5,600 individual members, and secured more than $10 million in funding.

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