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Open Source Cloud Project OpenStack Foundation Joined by 19 New Members

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Open source cloud project OpenStack announced on Thursday that 19 technology companies have 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.

Since Rackspace and NASA launched the open source cloud project in July 2010, the community of developers and cloud computing technologists has grown significantly and continues to improve on the open standard cloud computing platform for both public and private clouds.

OpenStack recently released its fifth version, Essex, which was made possible from the contributions of 200 developers.

AT&T, Canonical, HP, IBM, Nebula, Rackspace, Red Hat, and SUSE will join the foundation as Platinum Members, and Cisco, ClearPath Networks, Cloudscaling, Dell, DreamHost, ITRI, Mirantis, Morphlabs, NetApp, Piston Cloud Computing and Yahoo! will join as Gold Members based on the principles outlined in the published mission and framework.

The companies 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 Essex, 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 soon to be members are committed to the “OpenStack Way”, the organization’s open development process 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 help the drafting process.

“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 the third quarter.

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 impact the project that do not involve monetary support.

In an interview with Andrew Clay Shafer, the newest member of Rackspace’s Cloud Builders team, discussed some of the ways that members are contributing to OpenStack.

Talk Back: Are you currently a contributor to OpenStack or another open source cloud project? Do you think there is a value in contributing to open source projects? Let us know in the comments.

Open Source Cloud Project OpenStack Foundation Joined by 19 New Members

Open source cloud project OpenStack announced on Thursday that 19 technology companies have 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.

Since Rackspace and NASA launched the open source cloud project in July 2010, the community of developers and cloud computing technologists has grown significantly and continues to improve on the open standard cloud computing platform for both public and private clouds.

http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/rackspace-open-sources-cloud-platform-launches-openstack

OpenStack recently released its fifth version, Essex, which was made possible from the contributions of 200 developers.

http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/openstack-releases-essex-version-of-open-source-cloud-operating-system

AT&T, Canonical, HP, IBM, Nebula, Rackspace, Red Hat, and SUSE will join the foundation as Platinum Members, and Cisco, ClearPath Networks, Cloudscaling, Dell, DreamHost, ITRI, Mirantis, Morphlabs, NetApp, Piston Cloud Computing and Yahoo! will join as Gold Members based on the principles outlined in the published mission and framework.

The companies 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 Essex, 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 help the drafting process.

“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 the third quarter.

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 impact the project that do not involve monetary support.

In an interview with Andrew Clay Shafer, the newest member of Rackspace’s Cloud Builders team, discussed some of the ways that members are contributing to OpenStack.

http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/how-open-source-communities-are-impacting-cloud-computing

Talk Back: Are you currently a contributor to OpenStack or another open source cloud project? D? Let us know in the comments.

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