Today is a huge day for the OpenStack community – Rackspace officially hands off the management of the project and all its assets to the independent OpenStack Foundation. We’ve planned for this day since Rackspace founded OpenStack with NASA just over two years ago, and it is a major milestone for OpenStack, the community and Rackspace.
When we launched OpenStack, the goal was to build a broad community of developers, users, companies and other organizations that together would drive the vision of an open and ubiquitous platform for public and private clouds. We’ve accomplished that and could not be more excited about the work we have all done together. In just two years the OpenStack community has flourished beyond our expectations – it now comprises almost 6,000 individual contributors from 88 countries and nearly 200 companies, including many of the giants of enterprise IT. The community has generated more than half a million lines of code and the OpenStack software has been downloaded more than 300,000 times from the central code repositories alone. OpenStack now powers some incredible cloud environments, including our own public cloud here at Rackspace as well as our private cloud software offering.
Rackspace is proud of the contributions it has made to OpenStack to help it achieve liftoff. We started the project by donating the production-ready Swift codebase (Object Storage). We worked with NASA to launch a very early version of Nova (Compute). We helped evolve it to a production-ready compute orchestration system and worked with the community to add other critical core components including Keystone (Identity Service), Quantum (Network) and more. We invested millions of dollars in building the community and bringing the world to our cause. And today we donate all of the trademarks and the other intellectual property built up over the two years of the project. Bottom line: we’ve committed our company to building OpenStack for commercial use, and to establishing a strong community represented by a stable independent foundation — and both are now ready. And with contributions from a committed community it can only get stronger.
There is still work to be done, but every step of the way you, the OpenStack community, have been at the project’s heart. And with the OpenStack Foundation now leading the charge, we must all continue to push OpenStack forward as members, contributors, commercial ecosystem members and users. To us, it has always been the code that mattered; and that will continue with the help of a community of smart engineers and operators that will shape OpenStack into the de facto open source software for running public and private clouds – truly the Linux of the cloud.
As OpenStack shifts to the Foundation, it’s imperative that the community and its members band together to ensure OpenStack continues its progress and momentum. We have a few directional concepts we think are important for the community to consider. While we know healthy debate will always be a part of the process, our views and actions are informed by these themes:
As a community, we have our work cut out for us. And Rackspace remains fully committed to helping ensure that OpenStack is heading in the right direction. We’ve bet our business on OpenStack. We’ve built our public cloud on it – and we continue to work with the community to ensure quick, easy and scalable deployments of private clouds.
A new world has opened up around OpenStack. As a community we have to ensure the mechanisms are in place to help it continue to thrive and grow. We are confident the foundation is a great step in this direction. When we founded OpenStack, we kick-started a new, open direction for cloud computing. Out of the gate OpenStack was a disruptive force in IT. Computing is changing at a rapid pace, and how it changes is in all of our hands. Let the revolution continue…