Cisco, IBM Bet Big on OpenStack

OpenStack, a free and open source cloud controller package that has been struggling to gain acceptance in the enterprise, took a giant stride forward when IBM and Cisco opened up their wallets last week. IBM announced it would buy hosted OpenStack private cloud provider Blue Box Cloud. Cisco announced plans to purchase Piston Cloud Computing, developer of the CloudOS operating system, which rapidly transforms clusters of commodity servers to turn them into a production-ready unified OpenStack environment.

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