HP builds an OpenStack of its own and layers indemnification on top


Very nice.


Hewlett Packard(s hpq) really, really wants its enterprise customers to take the OpenStack plunge. It announced late Tuesday that it will now offer its own OpenStack distribution and indemnify the use of that code, not only for its own direct customers, but for the customers of its service providers as well. And there is no monetary cap on that indemnification, said Bill Hilf, VP of HP’s converged cloud product and services group.

The idea is to reassure potential buyers that they can deploy OpenStack without risk even if they get sued over use of intellectual property in the OpenStack code. That level of comfort is key for corporations that may still be spooked over threats of lawsuits over their use of Linux a decade ago. Most of the major vendors added indemnification to Linux as a result.

As far as I can tell, this is the broadest protection from any OpenStack-affiliated vendor in that it…

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