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Open source cloud infrastructure has made its presence felt today.  The first OpenStack-based cloud offering is now available for public consumption.  Surprisingly, it wasn't the OpenStack founding organization, Rackspace, that made the first move.  Instead it was a former managed-hosting provider (now cloud hosting) named Internap that brought on the big first milestone for OpenStack.

It's truly amazing how fast the OpenStack project gained support from so many organizations and then became the basis for several commercial offerings.  The need for cross-compatibility and the push against vendor lock-in have become powerful forces in the cloud ecosystem.  That much is clear now.

Source: Internap.com

Along with Internaps' release of their OpenStack-Compute-based Public Cloud offering, they also have their XIPCloud Storage offering that is built on the OpenStack Storage framework, the other main component of OpenStack besides the Compute component.

In time, we could see OpenStack compete with VMware and Amazon with its open technology and friendly, helpful community.  The huge advantage of having a large, cooperative community sharing common APIs will be a lucrative advantage for many cloud vendors.  Rackspace, HP, Dell, and DreamHost plan to follow up with their own OpenStack-based clouds.

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