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Clouds open up, benefit clients

Sydney Morning Herald - Open standards will make moving cloud providers easier.

The cloud industry is poised to enter a new era of transparency and competition courtesy of the open source movement and the help of large players such as RackSpace, Dell and Citrix.

After some jostling over which standard is best, the OpenStack foundation has recently emerged as the pre-eminent open source cloud, which freely provides the code for the major products that sit on top of the physical layer: compute, storage and image service.