Short Stack: Eucalyptus shocks world by joining OpenStack, state of the OpenStack union and 4 ways OpenStack is good for IT

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Here we go with this week's links:

The Cloud World Gets A Shock, Eucalyptus Joins The OpenStack Love Fest | Forbes

We have noted some strange additions to the OpenStack community in the past, but perhaps none is stranger than a company that has been a huge critic of OpenStack deciding to come on board. It probably has its  reasons, but it's more proof that truth is often stranger than fiction.

OpenStack State of the Union for Service Providers | Mirantis Blog

This post looks at the reasons service providers use OpenStack and the trials and tribulations they face in the process. One interesting data point in this piece, which should really come as no surprise, is that the biggest reason companies choose OpenStack is avoiding vendor lock in. That's precisely why OpenStack was developed in the first place.

5 new guides for mastering OpenStack |

OpenStack is clearly complex and involves a lot of pieces. If you're looking for some practical advice on how to implement it, these five guides could offer some assistance on such broad topics as implementing a VPN and getting Docker to play nicely with OpenStack.

HP Unveils Smaller, Less Costly Helion Cloud Platform | eWeek

HP decided to hitch its wagon to OpenStack earlier this year with the obligatory $1B investment. Since then it's been hard at work announcing new OpenStack products. The latest is Helion Managed Virtual Private Cloud, which is a service for medium sized businesses looking to move to a managed infrastructure service in the cloud.

Four ways OpenStack improves enterprise IT | Cloud Tech News

If you're looking for reasons to move to OpenStack, this article could help by offering four ways OpenStack is good for EnterpriseIT. It even goes so far as to argue that you can take advantage of skills already learned using AWS and applying them to OpenStack, which you have to admit, is just a tad ironic.