Friday marks the three-year anniversary of open source private and public cloud community OpenStack. Formally started by NASA and vendor Rackspace in 2010, the community has expanded to 231 contributing vendors, more than 10,000 community members and 1,000 active contributors. OpenStack has undergone particular growth in the last year, with the formation of a Foundation to direct operations, double the number of its component releases and active community discussions on problems with lock-in and cloud growing pains.

Ahead of this “birthday,” Information-Management.com talked over some of the opportunities and challenges of the initial years and those ahead with John Igoe, who was involved in OpenStack early on at Dell – including the Crowbar initiative – and other endeavors before taking up the role of VP of private cloud at Rackspace.

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