OpenStack: open source is "synonymous" with cloud computing

The OpenStack Foundation this week comes into being as a new, formally established, completely independent body.

Forged with a remit to promote the development, distribution and adoption of the OpenStack cloud software, the foundation has attracted more than 5,600 individual members, secured more than US$10 million in funding and says that it is ready to fulfil the OpenStack mission of becoming the planet’s “ubiquitous” cloud computing platform.

Executive director of the OpenStack Foundation Jonathan Bryce has said that this is a “defining moment” for the open cloud movement.

Open source synonymous

“When you look at what this community has done to innovate and make cloud technologies accessible, as well as make open source synonymous with cloud computing, you understand why huge technology industry leaders and users across the world are placing their bets on OpenStack. The opportunity for OpenStack to become the open source standard for cloud computing is real,” he said.

Priorities and vision

Founded in July 2010 by Rackspace and NASA with the support of 25 companies and a few dozen developers, OpenStack says that its “priorities and vision” for the foundation include:

• strengthening the ecosystem,

• accelerating adoption…

• and empowering the community to deliver the best cloud software.

Led by executive director, Jonathan Bryce, the Foundation is hiring 10-12 employees who, under the strategic direction of the board, will help carry out the OpenStack mission.

“Ubuntu has been the reference operating system for OpenStack since the beginning and, today, more enterprises and carriers trust Ubuntu and OpenStack to deliver mission critical platforms than any other cloud platform. Canonical, as a founding platinum member of the OpenStack Foundation, contributes to the project’s governance, technical development and strategy,” said Kyle MacDonald, VP of cloud at Canonical.

Reports suggest that specific responsibilities now to be addressed include coordinating the project’s infrastructure and working with systems for testing the software at scale. Building community activities is also said to be a priority.