The OpenStack Board of Directors approved Aptira, Hitachi and Huawei as Gold Members of the OpenStack Foundation. The companies are based in Australia/India, Japan and China respectively, and range from a startup to established, multinational corporations.
The timing couldn’t be better in my view, given that we are having our first ever Summit in Asia this week with attendees from 50 countries, including many from Australia, Japan, India, and China. As OpenStack adoption continues to accelerate around the globe, I am excited to welcome these new companies to the Gold Member ranks.
Some Background on the new members:
Aptira is a services business that focuses primarily on consulting, integration and training for OpenStack. Aptira has been instrumental in building the OpenStack community in Australia and India by organizing user groups, promotional activities and offering training courses. The company open sourced much of its training material and is collaborating across the community on broader education efforts.
Hitachi’s JP1 systems management solution supports OpenStack, and they’ve contributed support for their Hitachi Unified Storage platform for OpenStack Block Storage. The company also sponsors community building efforts in Japan, including an OpenStack event happening in Tokyo, February 2014.
Huawei is a top 20 OpenStack contributor that has contributed a Block Storage driver to support Huawei storage solutions, as well as made broader contributions to OpenStack documentation and testing systems. Huawei has supported community building efforts in China, including organizing meet ups and conferences, publishing whitepapers and blogs, and sponsoring and promoting the Summit this week.
Now let’s give each of the contributors from these companies a proper stacker welcome in Hong Kong this week!