OpenStack is an open-source vehicle for rapidly provisioning data center resources, and it's becoming one of the biggest movements in enterprise IT in years. HP wants it to be theirs, and the company is investing $1 billion in the next two years on cloud products, engineering, and professional services via its Project Helion.
OpenStack addresses a very base level human instinct demonstrated by shadow IT‚ÄĒthat of not wanting to be marginalized. If a developer doesn't get what she wants fast enough, she'll sneak around the roadblocks and go directly to the cloud. With a credit card, it's easy to get compute power and storage for projects in just five minutes on Amazon Web Services or another cloud provider.