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VMware, NEC and Intel join the OpenStack party

VMware, NEC and Intel have become certified ‘gold members’ of OpenStack, joining RackSpace et al, after a special meeting was held to discuss their applications.

The companies’ applications were due to be discussed in a meeting at the end of last month, but was never reached as the meeting overran. Far from the Register’s headline of VMware being ‘bounced’, the board’s meeting simply failed to reach the end of its agenda, despite running for seven hours.

Perhaps in response to this negative press, the OpenStack board held a special board meeting last Friday where all three companies’ applications were approved. Board member Jonathan Bryce wrote to the mailing list later that evening:

The factors considered by the Board included a commitment to helping achieve the OpenStack Foundation Mission through demonstrated and potential contribution to the OpenStack community in terms of code, adoption into product roadmaps, adoption as an end user, geographic and industry diversity and community development efforts.

VMware’s application for gold membership was controversial due to their position as a proprietary competitor of OpenStack. However, the company has in past years developed an interest in open source, in both recently-acquired Nicira (which was also previously a member of OpenStack) and SpringSource. It remains to be seen how the company engages with the community - other than by coughing up its membership fee, which is capped at $200,000.

Elliot Bentley

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