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Short Stack: How OpenStack should engage AWS, OpenStack grows up

short stack_b small_0_0.jpgWelcome to the Short Stack, our weekly feature where we search for the most intriguing OpenStack links to share with you. These links may come from traditional publications or company blogs, but if it's about OpenStack, we'll find the best links we can to share with you every week.

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Here we go with this week's links:

Rackspace Doubles Down on OpenStack as CEO Retires | Datamation

Rackspace CEO Lanham Napier announced his retirement at this week's earnings call. He told the audience, there's never a perfect time, but he helped guide the company through its transition to OpenStack and he was ready to call it a day.

Should OpenStack Stop Chasing AWS? | Cloud Architect Musings

Amazon Web Services is the main OpenStack competitor with Google Cloud looming in the wings, but the community is debating whether OpenStack should embrace AWS, compete with it or find some middle ground. This piece examines all three arguments and leaves it to you to decide.

Growing up: How OpenStack could become the go-to choice for private and public clouds | VentureBeat 

Only 3.5 years after it launched, OpenStack has some amazing success stories and a lot of enterprise momentum. As the writer suggests, what was once just a defensive move by Rackspace to battle Amazon's growing cloud momentum has taken on a life of its own. 

Rackspace opens the door wide for open-source development | ZDNet

Rackspace has created a policy that their employees can work on any open source project even ones that potentially conflict with Rackspace's mission so long as they can justify why they are doing it. That is taken devotion to open source to the extreme.

OpenStack Services Integration: Pros and Cons | Red Hat Stack

OpenStack follows a tenet of being a purely distributed system with system services decoupled to the extent possible from the core, isolated from one another. The question is if this is the optimal distribution method and this post explores the pros and cons of this approach.