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An OpenStack Dozen: Who's Getting In The Game, Who's Hanging On, And Who's Bowing Out

The open-source cloud-building technology is key to one of the most dynamic software markets in the world. Which vendors have been able to unlock its technical complexity?

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Open Cloud Shuffle

OpenStack, the open-source IaaS technology with roots in NASA's Ames Research Center, is hailed by some as a force that will revolutionize the data center -- and written off as a malfunctioning delusion by others.

Either way, the cloud-building technology is at the heart of one of the most complex and dynamic software markets in the IT world.

Some of the forces shaping the complex vendor landscape result from the very nature of open-source markets, which don't behave the same as those for conventional proprietary technologies.

But OpenStack is also technically complex, and by all accounts the sprawling software is difficult to install and use. For that reason, vendors of OpenStack products and services are more dependent on cultivating expertise in delivering the solution -- whether internally or through partners -- than they are with almost any other product. Take a look at a dozen of them.

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