IBM Opens Up to OpenStack for Enterprise Cloud Foundation

by Pedro Hernandez

Big Blue tabs the open source cloud platform as the base for all of its cloud computing offerings.

Similar to how Big Blue embraced the Linux open source OS for server computing, IBM is apparently making a move to have OpenStack serve as the foundation for its cloud computing offerings. AllThingsD's Arik Hesseldahl reported today that all of IBM's "cloud services and software will be based on an open cloud architecture."

IBM is just the latest in a line of IT giants to give the OpenStack Foundation a ringing endorsement. Last year, the OpenStack Foundation published a list of supporters that not only reflected a major windfall for the group — namely, millions of dollars in donations — but also turned it into the envy of the IT industry.

OpenStack - RoundedIn just a few short years, OpenStack has gone from a nascent joint project from NASA and Rackspace to one of the leading engines of innovation in cloud computing, and both industry mainstays and technology start-ups are now busy commercializing OpenStack-based tools and services.

With the announcement, IBM is signaling that the IT giant is making a bigger push toward OpenStack-powered infrastructures, starting with private clouds.

Read the full story at Datamation:
IBM Hitches Wagon on OpenStack Cloud

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This article was originally published on Wednesday Mar 6th 2013
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