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OpenStack Interoperability

OpenStack began with the mission to produce a ubiquitous open source cloud computing platform. A key component of that mission is building not only software, but a large OpenStack ecosystem that supports its growth and adds value to the core technology platform. In carrying out that mission, the Open Infrastructure Foundation has created, with the community, requirements to ensure that the various products and services bearing the OpenStack marks achieve a high level of interoperability.

The goal is to help users make informed decisions and adopt the OpenStack products that best meet their business needs. They should be able to easily identify products that meet interoperability requirements via the OpenStack logos, as well as evaluate product capabilities in the OpenStack Marketplace by viewing test results and other technical product details.

Overview of OpenStack Logos

The Open Infrastructure Foundation offers two different logos for vendors. "OpenStack Powered" is for products that run fully functional instances of the OpenStack software. Details on the technical and testing requirements to qualify for the "Powered" program are here.

"OpenStack Compatible" is for software solutions that interact with "OpenStack Powered" systems, and hardware solutions that are designed to run the OpenStack software. Details on the technical requirements to qualify for the the storage driver "Compatible" logo are here.

OpenStack Powered

There are three different trademark licensing programs which apply to products that contain the OpenStack software, all under unified "OpenStack Powered" logo. Though the programs share a single logo, each of the licensing programs have a unique list of technical requirements appropriate to their use case, which include required capabilities validated by must-pass tests and designated sections of OpenStack software code.

Qualifying for the OpenStack Powered Marketing Programs

OpenStack-based products containing a recent version of the software may qualify for the OpenStack Powered marketing program, which consist of a logo and unique product naming rights.

Products must comply with one of the two most recent guidelines approved by the Open Infrastructure Foundation Board of Directors. These versions are numbered based on the date when they were approved, such as "2020.06" for the version approved in June, 2020.

The two most recent versions approved by the board are 2021.11 and 2020.11. These two guidelines cover five OpenStack releases: Train, Ussuri, Victoria, Wallaby, Xena, and Yoga. The list of required capabilities (with must-pass tests) and designated code sections are published on git.openstack.org and summarized below. Once a company verifies their products include the appropriate designated sections and submit API test results, they will be asked to sign the license agreements. 

How to Run the Tests

OpenStack interoperability tests are part of the Tempest project suite of tests. To run the tests for your license application, you will need to install Tempest with the RefStack Client. You will need to run Tempest inside of the RefStack Client and upload the results to the RefStack server. We prefer that you run the complete set of non-admin API tests, however, Tempest can be run with a precompiled inventory of tests available from the RefStack server guidelines page. Once your results are uploaded, you can send a link to the report page to [email protected].

For more detailed instructions to run the tests, please consult this document. If you need help getting started, contact the OpenInfra Foundation by emailing [email protected]. The Foundation is looking for feedback from companies who are running tests in order to improve the testing process and shape policy in the future.

To apply for one of the OpenStack Powered marketing programs, please review the requirements at the "OpenStack Powered" brand page and submit your logo application test results via the online form.

OpenStack Compatible

There are two types of "OpenStack Compatible" products that fall under the unified logo program. The first is software applications that interact with "OpenStack Powered" systems. The second is hardware solutions and drivers that run OpenStack software. Starting November 1 2015, The Open Infrastructure Foundation required that new "OpenStack Compatible" logos for storage drivers pass community-defined third-party integration tests. The Cinder team has a detailed overview of the requirements for third-party testing.

Proof of successful third-party testing will be required at the time of licensing, and may include links to Gerrit runs and the Tempest logs of those runs. You can begin the application process by filling out the form at the "OpenStack Compatible" brand page.