Just in time for VMworld, VMware(s vmw) is about to join the OpenStack Foundation as a Gold member, along with Intel(s intc) and NEC, according to a post on the OpenStack Foundation Wiki.  The applications for membership are on the agenda of the August 28 OpenStack Foundation meeting.

A year ago, a VMware-OpenStack hookup would have been seen as unlikely. When Rackspace(s rax) and NASA launched the OpenStack Project more than two years ago, it was seen as a competitive response to VMware’s server virtualization dominance inside company data centers and to Amazon’s(s amzn) heft in public cloud computing.  Many tech companies including but not limited to Rackspace, IBM(s ibm), Hewlett-Packard(s hpq), Citrix(s ctrx), Red Hat(s rhat) and Microsoft(s msft) saw VMware as a threat and were bound and determined to keep the company from extending its virtualization lock into the cloud.

But, things change. VMware’s surprise acquisition of…

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