The OpenStack Foundation promotes the global development, distribution and adoption of open infrastructure with more than 82,000 community members from 187 countries around the world. The OpenStack Foundation was founded in September 2012 to provide an independent home for the OpenStack cloud operating system, which has since become one of the largest and most diverse open source projects in history.
The goal of the OpenStack Foundation is to serve developers, users, and the entire open infrastructure ecosystem by providing a set of shared resources to build community, facilitate collaboration and support integration of open source technologies. Primary activities include organizing large-scale test infrastructure, community management, and bringing together more than 20,000 open infrastructure enthusiasts each year at global events including the OpenStack Summit.
In December 2017, the OpenStack Foundation began incubating new Strategic Focus Areas, starting with Container Infrastructure. The Strategic Focus Areas include include new pilot projects, the first of which is Kata Containers, an extremely lightweight implementation of virtualized containers that provides the speed of containers with the security of virtual machines. If you are interested in building an open infrastructure project at the OpenStack Foundation, contact [email protected].
The Foundation wouldn't be possible without a strong ecosystem of companies that have contributed in many different ways. To learn more about our Platinum Members, Gold Members and Corporate Sponsors, check out the supporter recognition page. If your company is interested in becoming a supporter, read more about it here.
Individual membership of the OpenStack Foundation is free for anyone with an interest in open infrastructure. Individual Members are expected to participate in the community through technical contributions or community building efforts, and vote in an annual election for the Board of Directors.
For more insight into OpenStack Foundation activities and progress, please read the annual reports:
The Board of Directors provides strategic and financial oversight of Foundation resources and staff. Alan Clark, Director of Industry Initiatives, Emerging Standards and Open Source at SUSE, was elected Chairman of the Board, and Lew Tucker, Vice President and CTO of Cloud Computing at Cisco, was elected Vice Chairman of the Board.
OpenStack Technical Committee members define and steward the technical direction of OpenStack software, including cross-program issues. The committee of 13 is fully elected by the project’s Active Technical Contributors.
The User Committee represents operators and end users in the OpenStack community by tracking usage, facilitating collaboration amongst users and a feedback loop into the development process, and helping care for global user groups. The Committee is five people fully elected by Active User Contributors.
Led by Executive Director, Jonathan Bryce, and Chief Operating Officer, Mark Collier, the Foundation staff support projects hosted by the OpenStack Foundation under the strategic direction of the Board. Specific responsibilities include coordinating the project's infrastructure, such as systems for testing the software at scale, community building activities such as the OpenStack Summit and smaller events, and management of legal assets and workflow including trademarks.
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OpenStack Foundation provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, OpenStack Foundation complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
OpenStack Foundation expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of OpenStack Foundation’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.