Roenigk says being a part of OCF reinforces Rackspace's philosophy of being an open standards, open platform company. Rackspace last summer announced that its newest cloud data centers would be powered completely be OpenStack, the open source cloud computing platform. Having competitors on the same hardware platform is good for the entire industry, Roenigk argues: It lowers costs and allows companies to differentiate on services and support. "We want to out serve our competitors on product and service, not out-geek them on hardware and technology," he says.
While the OCF has thus far focused its efforts on compute and storage hardware, Roenigk says there have been discussions around extending the scope of OCF to include networking components.
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