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OpenStack Foundation Board Expands Mission to Host New Open Source Projects as Part of Open Infrastructure Transformation

Board resolution paves the way to support new Pilot projects as an investment in Open Infrastructure projects that complement OpenStack  

BERLIN — November 13, 2018 — OpenStack Summit Berlin — The board of directors of the OpenStack Foundation (OSF) today adopted a resolution advancing a new governance framework supporting the organization’s investment in emerging use cases for OpenStack and open infrastructure. These include continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD), container infrastructure, edge computing, datacenter and, newly added, artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML). The board resolution, approved in a meeting held in Berlin on Monday, authorizes the officers of the OSF to select and incubate Pilot projects.  

This new governance framework broadens the OSF’s mission to serve developers, users and the open infrastructure ecosystem. It does this by providing a set of shared resources to build community, facilitate collaboration among users and support integration of open source infrastructure technologies that are complementary to the OpenStack software project while hosted and governed independently. The framework is designed to help new projects progress from the ‘Pilot’ to ‘Confirmed’ phases. Under the framework, new projects must be relevant to the open infrastructure community and its open source integration strategy. The first four Pilot projects are Airship, Kata Containers, StarlingX and Zuul

*** Learn more about the new governance structure in Superuser and at the Foundation Town Hall session at OpenStack Summit Berlin. ***  

Current Pilot Projects

  • Airship: Lifecycle management; undercloud for OpenStack, Kubernetes, MaaS 
  • Kata Containers: Secure, lightweight CRI compatible virtualized containers 
  • StarlingX: Edge computing platform 
  • Zuul: CI/CD multi-project gating system   

“The open infrastructure strategy and new governance framework reflect the voice of our users,” said Alan Clark, chairman of the OSF board of directors. “We conducted research to explore the role of open source foundations in supporting users, and respondents voiced a preference for governance that makes production use of the software easier. Our new governance framework makes clear our support of that objective by formalizing the process for hosting a diversity of open infrastructure projects as well as by collaborating with other communities who share our open source vision.”  

“When the OpenStack project launched in 2010, few people imagined use cases for cloud as diverse as edge, containers, AI and machine learning,” said Jonathan Bryce, executive director of the OSF. “These changes embrace a bigger vision, one that supports these use cases and the new demands they place on underlying infrastructure with open communities and technologies.”  

An Evolution Driven by User Needs
The governance structure changes have been more than a year in the making. At the Sydney Summit in November 2017 OSF Executive Director Jonathan Bryce kicked off his keynote address by identifying integration as the biggest barrier to open source adoption. He described the community’s four-fold strategy to serve as “an integration engine for open infrastructure”:

1. Documenting cross-project use cases, identifying the challenges users face;
2. Encouraging cross-community collaboration, including upstream contributions to other open source projects;
3. Fill technology gaps by fostering new projects; and
4. Coordinating end-to-end testing across projects.  

The OSF then began to support new open infrastructure pilot projects, each with its own technical governance, contributors and branding, alongside the OpenStack software project. The first, in December 2017, was Kata Containers, which was followed during the first half of 2018 by Zuul, Airship, and StarlingX. Learnings from the launch of these pilot projects, community feedback and market research guided the development of the new project governance framework.  

Additionally, the open infrastructure focus will be evident in a branding update to the twice-annual international summit. Effective with the Denver Summit, April 29 – May 1, 2019, the event will be branded the “Open Infrastructure Summit.” This name change reflects how the event has evolved to encompass new open infrastructure projects, the original OpenStack software project, and collaborative projects not managed by the OSF. This transformation has been ongoing since the Boston Summit in 2017, and its growth is evident in the agenda of the Berlin Summit, where more than 35 projects hosted by the OSF and other organizations are participating.  

The Four Opens: Successfully Managing Open Infrastructure Projects
The OSF has a set of guiding principles—The Four Opens—that are used to inform and shape decisions and manage projects, both pilot and confirmed. The OSF staff has drafted an e-book on The Four Opens and invites members of the open infrastructure community to contribute to the project. For more information, visit openstack.org/four-opens.

About OpenStack Summit Berlin
Attendees from more than 50 countries are at OpenStack Summit Berlin this week, interacting with speakers from industry-leading companies and discussing innovation in open infrastructure including edge computing, CI/CD, artificial intelligence (AI), network functions virtualization (NFV) and container infrastructure, as well as public, private and hybrid cloud strategies. Browse the OpenStack Summit agenda featuring sessions from more than 35 open source projects.

About the OpenStack Foundation (OSF)
The OpenStack Foundation (OSF) supports the development and adoption of open infrastructure globally, across a community of 100,000 individuals in 187 countries, by hosting open source projects and communities of practice, including datacenter cloud, edge computing, NFV, CI/CD and container infrastructure.  

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Media Contacts:

Robert Cathey
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Allison Price
OpenStack Foundation
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