10. OpenStack Stands On Its Own Two Feet
In April, Rackspace transferred control of OpenStack, the open-source, cloud development project, to the OpenStack Foundation, which quickly added scores of vendors as members, including tech heavyweights IBM, Red Hat, Hewlett-Packard and Dell.
By becoming a full-fledged foundation apart from Rackspace, the OpenStack Foundation can go forward with the development of open, interoperable technology without lock-in from one or two vendors and should give cloud services developers and customers more choice in building clouds.
OpenStack rivals Eucalyptus and CloudStack are also offering open-source platforms to create cloud infrastructure services and are quickly building out services.