Short Stack: Data as a Service takes off, top OpenStack vendors jockey for position

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Here we go with this week's links:

Metacloud, Because The World Needs Another Hosted OpenStack-Based Private Cloud, Right? | Forbes

Could OpenStack private cloud vendors be becoming commoditized? When Metacloud began offering a turn-key private cloud solution this week, Ben Kepes rolled his eyes a bit because in his view, it's just one more private cloud bundle from an array of vendors with very little differentiation among them.

OpenStack Cloud Goes Open for Vendor Certification | eWeek

Instead of offering certifications across every vendor, one company wants to offer a universal OpenStack certification to make it much more streamlined for IT pros to get the training and certification they need.

Why data-as-a-service has taken off so fast | InfoWorld

Customers are seeing the same advantages they have with other cloud services and moving in larger numbers to Data as a Service because it offers the benefits of elasticity, paying for what you use and capital savings, among other advantages. 

Top-Tier Vendors Begin Posturing on OpenStack Implementations | eWeek

As OpenStack becomes a more mainstream open source project, bigger vendors are beginning to take notice and as they do, they are trying to find ways to differentiate themselves from the competition, and as they do, the posturing has begun in earnest.

Will Rackspace Become a Takeover Target? | Virtualization Review

Last week the Rackspace CEO announced he was stepping down. This has lead to speculation in some circles that Rackspace, one of the OpenStack founders, could become a takeover target, especially when you see it in the light of its long-standing battle with Amazon Web Services for cloud domination.