Although OpenStack is the antithesis to proprietary cloud-building platforms, few industry experts were surprised by VMware's recent decision to join the OpenStack Foundation and contribute to the open source project's development. Its recent $1.2 billion acquisition of software-defined networking startup Nicira Networks reflected VMware's desire to expand its image beyond server virtualization, and some experts say OpenStack is the next logical step.
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- How VMware's contributions to the project could affect the future of OpenStack-VMware cloud interoperability;
- What VMware stands to gain from the OpenStack community; and
- How VMware's acquisition of Nicira plays into its role with OpenStack.