One of the things that I really like about working on OpenStack and the Rackspace open cloud is that we are building a product that people can not only run with Rackspace, but we’re also giving them the flexibility to run the software outside of our datacenters. Knowing that someone can take code that we are helping contribute and run it anywhere else in the world is a fascinating thought: this is not just a small program, this is software that can run datacenters.
Building open cloud solutions is not a small feat; it is extremely complicated and challenging. The only way we could have accomplished this is by building the core of our infrastructure products in the open and getting feedback from a community. OpenStack has grown from being written by a few dozen engineers to a community of hundreds. It has grown beyond anything that we could have ever anticipated.