Just in time for VMWorld, VMware is about to join the OpenStack Foundation as a Gold member, along with Intel and NEC, according to a post on the Openstack Foundation Wiki. The applications for membership are on the agenda of the August 28 OpenStack Foundation meeting.
A year ago, an VMware-OpenStack hookup would have been seen as unlikely. When Rackspace and NASA launched the OpenStack Project more than two years ago, it was seen as a competitive response to VMware’s server virtualization dominance inside company data centers and to Amazon heft in public cloud computing. Many tech companies including but not limited to Rackspace, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Citrix, Red Hat and Microsoft saw VMware as a threat and were bound and determined to keep the company from extending its virtualization lock into the cloud.