OpenStack federation seeks public cloud scale—and cred


When it comes to public cloud—technology which enables companies to run their computing tasks on inexpensive, shared infrastructure—Amazon Web Services leads the pack by a wide margin, with Microsoft and Google starting to give it a run. But after the big three it is unclear whether any of the IT legacy players or telcos—all of which have a cloud strategy—have the resources to keep building the massive and massively expensive data centers needed to power all that effort.

But the scrappy OpenStack Foundation is giving it a go. This consortium of more 100 vendor members backs an open-source cloud framework which proponents say can offer AWS-type scale—just not from a single source. Vendors from AT&T [fortune-stock symbol=”T”] to ZTE use OpenStack software as the basis for their own clouds.

The latest Kilo release of the OpenStack software, made available Thursday, sports new identity (ID) federation capability that, in theory…

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