Earlier this week, we covered a post from VMware that seemed to brush off all three of the emerging open source cloud computing platforms that are gaining such strong momentum, namely OpenStack, CloudStack and Eucalyptus.
Last year, Citrix Systems announced that it had completed the acquisition of Cloud.com. Cloud.com had many notable customers who favored its cloud stack infrastructure, including GoDaddy and Zynga. That acquisition has helped fuel Citrix's recent big move forward with CloudStack, its contribution of the Cloudstack platform as open source to Apache, and its choice to abandon the open source OpenStack cloud platform.
With the OpenStack spring conference taking place in San Francisco this week, there is already a wave of OpenStack-related news arriving. The open source cloud computing platform, of course, is shaping up for fierce competition with Citrix's CloudStack and other platforms.
The OpenStack cloud platform hasn't been short of powerful companies backing it, and now 19 of them have pledged support, including substantial amounts of money, for OpenStack Foundation, which is to be a nonprofit organization functioning as steward of the open source OpenStack framework.
Immediately following Citrix's decision to cut its support for the open source OpenStack cloud computing platform and move ahead with the next phase of its CloudStack strategy, the company has acquired Podio, which delivers cloud-based, user-configurable collaboration and workspace environments.