Until OpenStack, Eucalyptus was the entire basis of Canonical's cloud functionality in Ubuntu, known as the Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud (UEC). When Canonical's latest long-term support version of Ubuntu shipped in October, version 10.10 (also known as Maverick Meerkat), it was noted that through UEC, Ubuntu had tied itself pretty closely to a single vendor's proprietary cloud, Amazon's EC2.
Dell and Canonical are also close partners. So, last month, Dell rolled out servers pre-configured with UEC, and at the time it was asked if Dell would soon have servers pre-configured with OpenStack. The answer appears to be that Dell is working on it.
Announced in January 2010, OpenStack grew from a project developed jointly by NASA and RackSpace, and Dell has been an inaugural supporter. But in the past few months, vendor support has taken a massive upswing with companies like Canonical and Cisco signing on.
Other open source cloud operating systems are also participating, including Cloud.com. So is Microsoft. OpenStack's Compute operating system already supports Hyper-V and the Linux virtualization hypervisors Xen and KVM. VMware support is promised in the next release, code-named "Cactus." The consortium is also building an OpenStack Object Storage project.
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