Leading Technology Companies Support Formation of OpenStack Foundation
Today nineteen leading technology companies announced their plans to become Platinum or Gold members of the OpenStack® Foundation, an independent and long-term home for OpenStack, the open source cloud operating system. AT&T, Canonical, HP, IBM, Nebula, Rackspace, Red Hat, and SUSE have indicated their intent to join the foundation as Platinum Members, and Cisco, ClearPath Networks, Cloudscaling, Dell, DreamHost, ITRI, Mirantis, Morphlabs, NetApp, Piston Cloud Computing and Yahoo! as Gold Members based on the principles outlined in the published mission and framework.
“Establishing an effective governance structure is critical to the success of any collaborative project with the magnitude and potential of OpenStack. This is an incredible milestone which will further accelerate and promote the growth of the OpenStack ecosystem.”
These industry leaders, through their intent to become members of the Foundation, plan to provide technical and financial resources to ensure the long-term viability of the project, further accelerating open innovation and adoption of OpenStack. Each of the companies were active contributors to the most recent release of OpenStack, have expressed their belief in the open development process for OpenStack software, and have expressed or executed corporate strategies that align with OpenStack’s mission.
The OpenStack Foundation will be an independent body providing shared resources to help achieve the OpenStack mission by protecting, empowering, and promoting OpenStack software and the community around it, including users, developers and the entire ecosystem. The companies involved in its formation are committed to the “OpenStack Way”: an open development process for OpenStack software that is driven by a technical meritocracy, supported by significant investments in community building and a focus on driving adoption. The process for finalizing the foundation documents will be open to all members of the community, with the initial committed companies providing legal support to aid in the drafting process.
We believe the OpenStack Foundation is a significant step in the evolution of the OpenStack initiative and for open source cloud innovation. Dell has always been about open – open standards, systems and solutions to promote innovation and give our customers choice. We look forward to participating in the OpenStack Foundation as part of our continued efforts to empower and grow the open source cloud ecosystem.”
“In less than two years, we’ve had five software releases from hundreds of contributors from more than 50 companies, and the cloud operating system has grown from two core projects to five core projects across compute, storage and networking,” said Jonathan Bryce, OpenStack Project Policy Board and co-founder Rackspace Cloud. “The formation of a Foundation is about preserving and accelerating what’s working and moving the community building activities to a neutral long-term home with a broad base of support.”
The next step in the Foundation building process is to form a drafting committee with the legal help of committed Platinum and Gold members, who will write the detailed Bylaws based on the published framework, and will publish drafts for community review. The goal is to reach a final draft for ratification by the Rackspace Board and the OpenStack community by Q3-2012.
In addition to Platinum and Gold membership, the OpenStack Foundation will also be open to Individual Members for free. There are also multiple ways to get involved in the Foundation or influence the project that do not involve monetary support, for more information please visit http://wiki.openstack.org/Governance/Foundation/.