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I answered this question a while back ... here it is:

Starting at v0.12, Qemu-kvm has native support to VMware's disk images v6 (seems to be compatible with v7, used by VMware Server)

You will need to export as V7 or V6 then first to boot at the command line using KVM to test the image or you can directly upload it to OpenStack and try.

$ kvm -drive file=your_vmdk_filename_here.vmdk,boot=on

If that does not work look at the VMX config file and follow these instructions. http://www.linux-kvm.org/page/How_To_Migrate_From_Vmware_To_KVM

flat VMDK files should run fine I have version 7 running.

The other thing I would recommend is to convert it to QCOW2 Image, add the Cloud-Init drivers, Virt-IO drivers to make the Image cloud Aware for OpenStack. You have much more flexibility then.