VMware(s vmw) is now officially a Gold member of the OpenStack Foundation, along with Intel(s intc) and NEC. The OpenStack board met Friday afternoon to consider their applications, which were held over from the last seven-hour board meeting.
Judging by the Twitter accounts, the meeting was not without drama — some participants were apparently surprised and nonplussed that their votes would be public.
The notion of VMware joining this open-source cloud effort still strikes some as incongruous since OpenStack launched two years ago to build a technology stack to compete with proprietary cloud software — namely VMware’s vCloud. Many vendors, including Rackspace(s rax), HP(s hpq), and Cisco(s csco), backed OpenStack as a hedge against both VMware and Amazon(s amzn).
But since then, VMware’s stance has evolved. It is fielding Cloud Foundry as an open-source platform…
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