Citrix is lobbying for the advancement of the CloudStack platform by submitting the project to the Apache Foundation.
The move will potentially add CloudStack as an Apache Foundation project with what Citrix estimates is a developer community of more than 30,000 contributors.
"This move will position CloudStack to become the de facto industry standard platform for cloud computing," said Sameer Dholakia, vice president and general manager of cloud platforms for Citrix.
"While other enterprise vendors will attempt to add cloud-like management layers to their existing proprietary datacentre virtualisation products, we believe the biggest winners in the cloud era will be clouds built on a platform that is designed from the ground up with a true Amazon-style architecture, proven at scale in real production clouds, compatible with the Amazon architecture and fully committed to open source."
The CloudStack project aims to provide enterprises with a cloud computing background which is not reliant on a specific hypervisor brand.
Citrix threw its full weight behind the project last year with the acquisition of Cloud.com.
The Apache submission won praise from a number of CloudStack partners, including NetApp, Alcatel-Lucent and BT.
"The push by Citrix to make CloudStack the Apache of the cloud, coupled with its adoption of industry standard APIs is a really good thing for customers, partners and providers in the cloud," said Neil Sutton, vice president of global portfolio for BT Global Services.
"Promoting interoperability between clouds through a proven open cloud platform will enable portability of workloads and provide greater degree of freedom for customers."
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