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Red Hat has long been contributing to OpenStack and has steadily increased its participation and contributions over time. At the OpenStack Summit in April 2012, it was recognized that Red Hat is the third overall contributor to OpenStack. That same month, in cooperation with other industry leaders, Red Hat also announced its intention to support the OpenStack Foundation, the governing body for maintaining the OpenStack project, as a Platinum Member. Today, Red Hat maintains active contributions to the OpenStack community and helps govern the technology as a Platinum Member of the OpenStack Foundation.
In August 2012, Red hat made available a preview release of its Red Hat OpenStack distribution, based on the popular open source OpenStack framework for building and managing private, public and hybrid IaaS clouds. With this, Red Hat delivered the next step in its plans for the industrys only enterprise-ready OpenStack distribution with Red Hats award-winning commercial support, certified ecosystem of hardware and application vendors and leadership in delivering trusted open source clouds for organizations worldwide requiring enterprise-grade solutions and support.