Google has a number of good reasons for partnering with #OpenStack
. Some are simple, such as getting feedback about #Kubernetes
in a non-Google environment. Others are related more to positioning. For example, by getting involved in OpenStack, Google can more easily ensure not only that the platform has support for #containers
, but that that support is implemented in a way that fits with Google’s plans and roadmaps while still conforming to the community process, which seeks to avoid vendor lock-in.
More than that, however, the partnership is an acknowledgment by Google that many of the enterprise customers they are targeting are using OpenStack; the company sees the partnership as a way into some of those customers.