Quoting from the Akimbi official announcement:
Akimbi Systems, the global leader in Virtual Lab Automation Solutions, today announced it has joined the VMware Community Source program, an innovative collaborative development effort that provides open technology access to the source code and APIs for VMware ESX Server. The program combines the best elements of open source and enterprise development allowing partners to boost the level of functionality and slash the time to market of virtualization solutions for their customers. Akimbi will use access to VMware source code to optimize Akimbi Slingshot’s capabilities, performance and ease-of-use for deployment alongside VMware virtual infrastructure.
Akimbi will release an upgrade to Akimbi Slingshot incorporating features and performance gains enabled by VMware Community Source membership in the second half of 2006.