Seagate joins OpenStack, eyes storage, cloud connection

Seagate said its motives behind joining OpenStack are "to help foster the growth of cloud storage solutions."

Seagate said Wednesday that it will join the OpenStack and Open Compute Project, two open source cloud development efforts. The aim is to bridge storage systems and cloud computing.

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Open Stack, which was initially formed by NASA and Rackspace, has a bevy of supporters and sponsors. NetApp and EMC are among the key storage supporters of OpenStack. Seagate, primarily a hard drive and solid state storage company, has become another. Western Digital, Seagate's primary rival, isn't an OpenStack supporter yet.

Seagate said its motives behind joining OpenStack are "to help foster the growth of cloud storage solutions."

OpenStack has about 150 companies supporting it.

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