According to a post on the OpenStack Foundation Wiki, the agenda of the Board of Directors meeting on August 28 includes the Gold membership of VMware as one of the topics.

Initially launched by Rackspace and NASA about two years ago the OpenStack project was being seen as a competition to VMware’s virtualization technology. VMware’s rapid advance into the virtualization arena was perceived as a threat by technology biggies like HP, IBM, Red Hat, and Microsoft among others.

OpenStack started getting the attention and with companies like IBM and Red Hat officially joining the foundation as Platinum members the cloud software got the required boost. Just a month back, VMware went ahead with acquisition of Nicira and DynamicOps which did give an indication that the virtualization leader might be willing to work with non-VMware centric technology in the future.

VMware is not the only one applying for Gold membership as Intel and NEC are also standing in line for their memberships. Some of the existing Gold members of OpenStack Foundation are Dell, Cisco Systems, and NetApp while the Platinum members list includes companies like HP, Rackspace, IBM, Nebula, Red Hat, and SUSE.