This week, VMware announced the release of VMware Integrated OpenStack 2.5, a platform for building OpenStack clouds using VMware vSphere, NSX and Virtual SAN. As of this release, customers can import vSphere VM templates directly into the VMware Integrated OpenStack infrastructure. By importing VM templates into OpenStack, customers can enjoy the benefits of reduced data import time periods and accelerated deployments, as a result. This version also features support for VMware NSX and a simplified architecture that requires customers to commit few hardware resources to their deployments. The release of VMware Integrated OpenStack 2.5 solidifies OpenStack’s position in the IaaS space as the de facto architecture for private clouds that boasts increased capabilities to integrate with the VMware-based infrastructures that are ubiquitous within the enterprise. Conversely, the platform positions VMware as eminently capable of integrating with OpenStack and illustrates the potential for important synergies between VMware and OpenStack.