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Please Welcome AT&T to the OpenStack Community!

We are very excited to welcome AT&T to the OpenStack community today!

John Donovan, AT&T’s Chief Technology Officer made the announcement at their annual AT&T developer’s summit in Las Vegas today:

“We also announced today that AT&T has become the first U.S. telecom services provider to join the OpenStack initiative, a community of more than 140 technology companies worldwide. We’ve been participating in OpenStack for more than a year and have already contributed a blueprint for a potential new function within OpenStack, focused on transactional task management.

We’re housing our OpenStack capabilities on dedicated infrastructure in three AT&T data centers today, with locations in Dallas, San Diego and Secaucus, New Jersey. We plan to more than double the number of our centers with open-source capabilities in 2012.”

Read more about it in their blog post.

OpenStack Around The Globe in 2011

OpenStack has been a global phenomenon since the community formed in July 2010, and it has only gotten more diverse since then. One of my favorite stats is that we had people from 6 continents attend the most recent Design Summit & Conference in Boston. Still looking for that elusive Antarctica user.

I spent a few minutes digging through Google Analytics to pull out some other interesting 2011 stats to share.

  • People in over 13,000 cities from over 200 countries visited this year!
  • We had a total of 750k+ visits from 430k+ unique visitors.
  • The most popular city was Beijing, followed by Seoul, London, and Bangalore
  • China was #2 after the U.S. as a source of visitors to
  • Full details available here.
  • This is a google docs embeded graph that will overlay visits by region:

  • There is clearly a need for a true global open source software platform, and lots of people are seizing that opportunity in over 200 countries.
  • This is a powerful movement!  It is much bigger than any one company or country.
  • We have much to do to support the diverse community, including more international events and localized content.  To coordinate an event or to talk sponsorships contact [email protected] and also check the events page to make sure your event is listed there. Lauren Sell and Dee Rosales are good people to talk to about how to make your OpenStack event a success.
  • If you’d like to help with translating content (web pages, overview docs, more technical docs, or openstack itself such as the dashboard) drop us a note at [email protected] with some info on how you’d like to help. Todd Morey, Anne Gentle, Stefano Maffulli (and other stackers) are starting several translation projects now and could use your help!

Here’s to an even bigger and stronger global OpenStack community in 2012!
Mark Collier

Join the OpenStack Foundation mailing list

Last week, we got together for the OpenStack Conference in Boston and started things off talking about plans to create an OpenStack Foundation. Thursday afternoon, we had a great session as a community talking about initial goals for the foundation and how to keep the discussion going after the conference. Ryan Lane had a nice post on the session, and we’ll also be posting the video of the session to vimeo soon. Scott Sanchez was also kind enough to take notes.

The first action we all agreed on was to create a mailing list to continue the conversation, which is now live and you can subscribe here.

Based on last week’s discussion, I think it makes sense to start at a high level by talking about the Mission of the foundation as well as the Scope of OpenStack for the foreseeable future before getting too bogged down in potential structures and funding etc. We should also talk about the need for any additional communication tools beyond the list itself.

OpenStack Foundation

Tomorrow at the OpenStack Conference in Boston, Lew Moorman will discuss Rackspace’s intention to form an OpenStack Foundation in 2012, which will be responsible for Project Governance and ownership of the OpenStack trademark.  This marks a major milestone in the evolution of OpenStack as a movement to establish the industry standard for cloud software.

Rackspace, NASA, and over 20 other companies launched OpenStack in July of 2010 with the goal of building the ubiquitous open source cloud operating system.  In just over a year, the community has grown to over 100 organizations all over the globe, producing 4 software releases in a short period of time.  A founding goal was to grow the community well beyond Rackspace, both in terms of code contributions, and users.  As we approach 2012, those goals are within reach. Some recent highlights:

  • Code contributions are coming from a broad group.  For example, in a recent Diablo milestone 12 features were contributed by developers from 8 different companies.
  • The number of companies and organizations backing OpenStack is now well over 110, including industry giants such as Cisco, HP, and Dell.
  • OpenStack start ups are also being funded at an amazing rate, including Piston and Nebula, both founded by ex-NASA folks who helped create OpenStack and are now leading companies around it, and Techstars recently announced an incubator program for Cloud start ups focused on OpenStack.
  • User adoption is really taking off, and we’ll be hearing from MercardoLibre, CERN, Sony Computer Entertainment America, Fidelity, Disney, and NeCTAR tomorrow during the OpenStack Conference in Boston.

Rackspace will be gathering feedback from others in the community on the best structure and processes to adopt as the OpenStack Foundation is established in 2012, starting with a Town Hall session tomorrow during the OpenStack Conference in Boston.  You can also share your thoughts by sending an email to [email protected]

OpenStack is poised for an even bigger year in 2012, with so much passion from an amazing group of people across the globe and an independent OpenStack foundation.  The promise of a vendor-neutral, truly open cloud standard is within reach.  By doing this important work together, as a community, we can achieve something much bigger with a lasting impact on the future of computing.

OpenStack Design Summit & Conference – Register Now!

The OpenStack community is once again in full preparation for our twice annual community events, this time in Boston, Ma in October.  There are two different (but related) events during the week of October 3rd-7th:  At the beginning of the week, we have the OpenStack Design Summit which is a set of small, focused developer working sessions where the roadmap will be set by active contributors on the project.  Later in the week, the broader community of Users, Developers, and Business folk will gather for the OpenStack Conference.  Those of you who attended the events in April may notice that, this time, we’ve reversed the order.  This will allow the broader community to hear and discuss the output of the Design Summit.

To better understand which event is right for you, here are some additional details:

OpenStack Design Summit – Held October 3 – 5, 2011, this event is targeted at OpenStack developers and architects to collaborate on the features, designs, and development methodology for the Essex product release. Developers submit their feature ideas for Essex via the Launchpad blueprint process and the three Project Technical Leads work with the Release Manager to create the final agenda. It is highly recommended that only OpenStack developers or architects attend as the sessions are extremely technical and focused on individual features for Essex. Registration for this group of attendees will be handled via launchpad accounts. The developer registration process will also offer you the option to indicate that you intend to stay for the Conference portion of the week, so you will NOT need to go to two places to register if you are attending both events.  In fact:  Please don’t!

OpenStack Conference -  Held October 5 – 7, 2011, this event is targeted at the broader OpenStack community including ecosystem companies, system administrators, users, and business executives interested in the OpenStack open source project. Senior executive leaders in the cloud computing marketplace present their ideas on the future of the industry and OpenStack’s influence in the general sessions along with a business track and technical track containing information for attendees on how OpenStack works and why OpenStack matters. The OpenStack community welcomes all attendees interested in cloud computing and open source to this event to learn about the OpenStack project and become an active part of the community. Click here to register for the Conference.

Click here to book your room at the Boston Intercontinental hotel (where the events are located) at a discount rate.  We have a block of rooms, so please use the link to ensure they are tracked appropriately.  The special rate is substantially cheaper than the normal rate, and is only guaranteed if you book by September 9th.

If you have any further questions on these two events, please contact Stephen Spector for more information.


Architecture Board Nomination Deadline Extended to Oct 15th


When we published the Governance Doc recently, I mentioned that we had some deadlines coming up fast.  Namely, the deadline for nominating someone for a seat on the Architecture Board.  To give the community some additional time, we’ve extended the nomination deadline to October 15th, 2010.

Additionally, this pushes out all of the other dates by 2 weeks:

  • Date we’ll publish the candidates is now:  October 20th, 2010
  • Date of the vote is now:  November 1st, 2010

The official doc is now updated to reflect the new dates.

Please send your nominations to Jonathan Bryce: [email protected]

In other news, we have passed feature freeze for the “Austin” release of OpenStack Compute, and are rapidly approaching the release date of October 21st.  After that, we look forward to seeing everyone at the next Design Summit on November 9th-12th, 2010 in San Antonio Texas.

Mark Collier


OpenStack Governance

When the OpenStack community was formed in July, we outlined a number of key principles centered around a commitment to Openness.  Now you may notice that the word “open” is applied to just about everything these days, right up there with “cloud”, so when you set out to create an “open cloud” it’s important to spell out just what that means.

We defined what “open” means to OpenStack on the wiki in detail, but here are the highlights for reference:

  1. Open Source (not open core) with appropriate license (in our case, Apache 2.0 which is OSI approved, GPLv3 compatible, and DFSG compatible)
  2. Open Design
  3. Open Development
  4. Open Community

One of our key deliverables in keeping with this commitment was to publish a Governance process shortly after the establishment of the community, and to ensure that the process outlined contained active involvement and representation from the community.  The process is now documented in full on the wiki but I will mention a couple of key points here.

  • Elections for the initial four community-elected Community Member seats on the Architecture Board will be held on October 15, 2010.
  • Interested candidates should email Jonathan Bryce ([email protected]) no later than September 30, 2010.

This Architecture Board will determine, among other things, which additional sub-projects may be added in the future.  We’ve received a number of inquiries from people interested starting new efforts as part of the OpenStack community, or in donating existing projects to the cause.  The Governance model gives us a process for making such decisions in the future.

As noted in the document, we have strived to get the Governance model right but undoubtedly we’ll need to continue to evolve the process over time in the midst of such a dynamic industry with a very active community, and we’re committed to doing just that.  Please let us know what you think in your forum of choice (comments below, #openstack on, your blog, twitter etc).

The first few weeks of this project have been a whirlwind, with no signs of slowing down!  Next month, we look forward to establishing the boards and achieving a major milestone on the Compute project (initial release, codenamed Austin).  In November (9-12), we are excited to get back together in person for the 2nd Design Conference.

Mark Collier


[email protected]

The Second OpenStack Design Conference

The next OpenStack Design Conference is coming up fast, and we are excited to get everyone back together who attended the conference in July, and welcome a lot of new faces who’ve joined the community since the launch at OSCON.  Since the conference is just a few short weeks away, we wanted to let everyone know the moment we’d locked on a date and secured a location:

Dates:  November 9th-12th

Location:  The Weston Centre in Downtown San Antonio, TX

Address:  112 E. Pecan St. San Antonio, TX 78205

Map with nearby hotels:

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While we’re still working on the Agenda, the format will be the same as the last conference. Namely, the first two days (November 9th-10th) will be filled with different tracks (business and technical) with a lot of active discussion on goals and design decisions for the project. The last two days (November 11th-12th) will be used for hacking on the code and finalizing any design decisions for the next release that require prototyping / live testing. At the last summit, the heaviest attendance was the first day (when we have a general session), a bit less the second day, then about half on the final two days as the focus turns to coding. We are working on some evening plans as well.

If you can only make it one day, come on the first day November 9th.

What’s next?

1)  Hotel Block:  We are looking into the possibility of getting a block of rooms with a discount.  Given the short timeframe and the fact that other conferences are going on that week, you may want to go ahead and just book one of the hotels above, all of which are walking distance to Weston Centre.

2)  Invites:  We’ll be sending the formal invites via email to the registration process as soon as possible.  To ensure you receive the registration link, please sign up below:

3)  Preparing for the conference!  We will need your help as we devise schedules and work on the logistics.  Volunteers needed!

What to do now:

1)  Forward this post to others in the community, tweet, re-tweet rinse and repeat

2)  Book Travel

3)  As always, follow @openstack on twitter for the latest news and updates

4)  Sign up below to get the registration link when it’s ready

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Mark Collier
Chief Community Stacker

OpenStack Community Update

It’s been four weeks since the launch of OpenStack, and we’ve been amazed by the response. A huge thank you to the developers who have been working tirelessly to move the OpenStack Object Storage and Compute projects along at a rapid pace, and to the commercial supporters who have been rallying around an open source cloud alternative. Since the launch of the project, we’ve reached some significant milestones and wanted to share the latest:

  • OpenStack Compute now supports three hypervisors (in just three weeks!) — KVM, XenServer (thanks Ewan Mellor @citrix) and VirtualBox (thanks Justin Santa Barbara ) furthering the community’s goal of broad support
  • Between the two projects, there have been 1,250 code commits and there are more than 55 active branches
  • To date more than 35 bugs have been fixed. The first bug was reported within 8 minutes of launch, and a patch submitted within 20!
  • There has been an average of 130-140 developers in the IRC channel each day, a strong showing for a relatively new community
  • More than 30 companies have joined the OpenStack community, and several are hiring. New members include Cloud Central, Morphlabs, and MidoKura. Check out our jobs page or submit your own.

We’re making progress. How do you get involved?

  • Join our IRC channel #openstack on freenode
  • Find the code and community tools hosted on Launchpad.
  • Ready to contribute code?  complete the process here then checkout our guide to Life with BZR and Launchpad
  • Once you’re part of Launchpad, join the mailing lists (links are inside the Launchpad pages for “Nova” and “Swift” which are the OpenStack Compute and Object Storage projects, respectively)
  • Attend upcoming meetings (see below) and our next design conference later this year; stay tuned for the dates
  • Follow @openstack on twitter — where we’ll be communicating project updates and upcoming events
  • Host your own Stackup!  Tell us about it and we’ll be sure to spread the word.

Upcoming Stackups

  • The Silicon Valley Cloud Computing Group is hosting their first Stackup on Tuesday August 24th.  Over 160 people have already RSVPd, so if you’re in the area sign up now.
  • Thursday August 26th there will be a Stackup at the NASA Ames Research Center with a focus on “Swift” the Object Storage project.  Details here.

Mark Collier

VP of Community & Business Development



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