OpenStack developers move from Rackspace to Nebula
According to a report on technology blog GigaOm, seven OpenStack developers have left Rackspace to work for Nebula. Nebula, which was founded by former NASA Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Chris C. Kemp, is also heavily involved in development on OpenStack as it forms the basis for its cloud computing hardware appliances.
GigaOm cites Kemp and a source at Rackspace as having confirmed the move. According to Kemp, the developers will keep working on the OpenStack project, the reason for the move being that he knows the developers from his time at NASA and is "getting them back together". The former NASA CTO was also quoted as saying that the move would not be detrimental to Rackspace as the company is employing "hundreds of engineers, some from the original Nova project at NASA."
The OpenStack project has recently celebrated its second birthday and has been prospering even with NASA itself bowing out of its development. The project now counts over 180 companies among its contributors, spanning a wide range of fields in the technology industry. Since Nebula's products are based on OpenStack, the move of the Rackspace developers most likely will not change their involvement with the project much.