All of this means that life in OpenStack Land is suddenly very interesting. Ubuntu leads by a considerable margin in production deployments—but that's today. But whether it can maintain that lead will depend on its ability to build up an ecosystem to rival Red Hat's. In the data center, it's way behind. But in the OpenStack cloud, it's a much more even playing field, with Canonical recently expanding its partner footprint with Microsoft, IBM and others.
It's a new market. Canonical hasn't won anything yet, of course, but this is the most level playing field it's had in a decade. Game on.