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.
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