Short Stack: OpenStack turns four, SAP joins the fray and a conversation with OpenStack COO and executive director

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Happy Fourth Birthday, OpenStack | SUSE Conversations

It's hard to believe that OpenStack celebrated its fourth birthday last week. The SUSE Conversations blog looks back at how far it has come in a relatively short time and what it needs to do to keep the momentum going as it continues to garner attention from vendors big and small.

SAP supports open source Cloud Foundry and OpenStack for cloud | ZDNet

And as though to prove how far OpenStack has come, SAP announced it would be a major contributor as part of its growing cloud strategy. SAP hopes to be a major contributor and to help guide the project going forward. Whether it can just jump in and have that kind of influence remains to be seen, but being involved will force it to partner with Oracle, which should be pretty entertaining in itself.

Rackspace Announces OnMetal Server Availability, Pricing | eWeek

Meanwhile, Rackspace, one of the founding OpenStack companies announced a new product last week that gives customers access to dedicated cloud servers running the OpenStack API. These so-called bare metal servers provide customers who need more consistent performance the ability to run critical software in the cloud without suffering any performance inconsistencies.

Is OpenStack the future of Cloud Computing | ZDNet

This vendor-written post from Red Hat points out that OpenStack is making great headway in Asia and the Chinese group is already the second largest group in the world outside of the US --and it's still growing much like the project. Beyond the marketing rhetoric, it's interesting to note that OpenStack is gaining traction across the world and that very likely bodes well for it as a project.

OpenStack execs: Red Hat, Yahoo, Comcast are our adopters -- and contributors | InfoWorld

In this wide ranging interview at OSCON, Infoworld talked to OpenStack executive director Jonathan Bryce and COO Mark Collier about the state of the OpenStack project. It's interesting to note the level of corporate involvement in this project and that many are not doing it because they want to build a business around OpenStack, but because they want to use OpenStack to meet their  own need.