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OpenStack Project Builds Momentum in Greater China as Adoption of Open Infrastructure Soars

The OpenStack market in APAC is expected to grow 36% in the next four years, supported by an active community in China ranking No. 2 in OpenStack software adoption, and No. 2 in OpenStack Train code contributions

Representatives of powerhouse OpenStack users in China—Baidu, China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, Intel, and Tencent—took to the keynote stage at the Open Infrastructure Summit today. These at-scale users shared how additional open source infrastructure software projects such as Kata Containers and StarlingX play a crucial role in their business strategies for 5G and edge computing.  

These users play a critical role in the rapidly growing OpenStack market in the APAC region which is expected to grow and additional 36 percent in the next four years, accounting for one-third of a $7.7 billion USD global market in 2023 according to the 451 Research Market Monitor report published in September 2019.  

Open infrastructure advocates from Zuul and South Korea-based SK Telecom also presented their use cases in the keynotes (the latter featuring the Airship project), adding to an impressive demonstration of the soaring adoption of open infrastructure initiatives among enterprises in the Asia Pacific region.  

“China has embraced open infrastructure, putting it to work to solve problems at a scale seldom seen elsewhere in the world,” said Jonathan Bryce, executive director of the OpenStack Foundation. “Users throughout China are combining OpenStack and Kubernetes to solve big open infrastructure problems. And increasingly, they’re leveraging projects like Airship and StarlingX, using open, composable infrastructure to meet the demands of applications operating at China scale. We’ve never had an Open Infrastructure Summit with more large-scale users presenting than we’re seeing this week in Shanghai, and the community is learning a lot from what they have to share.”  

Chinese users, leading contributors to OSF projects, shine in keynotes and sessions

China ranks No. 3 in the world for individual members of the OSF, a membership comprising users and contributors to the open infrastructure projects hosted and piloted by the organization:  Airship, Kata Containers, OpenStack, StarlingX and Zuul.  

  • OpenStack: OpenStack is a cloud operating system that controls large pools of compute, storage, and networking resources throughout a datacenter. Well-known users include Baidu, China Mobile, China Railway, China Telecom, China Unicom, China UnionPay, Postal Savings Bank of China, and State Grid Corporation of China. The last version of the software, dubbed OpenStack Train, was released on October 16 and featured nearly 3,000 changes contributed upstream from China, making China the No. 2 contributor of changes among 165 countries. In terms of individual contributors, China also ranked No. 2, with more than 150 contributors.  

    Keynote speakers from China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom will delve further into their discussion of OpenStack as a foundation for 5G and edge computing in a Tuesday session, “How China Telco Carriers think of Edge Computing.”  

  • Kata Containers: Kata Containers is an open source container runtime with lightweight virtual machines that feel and perform like containers but provide stronger workload isolation using hardware virtualization technology as a second layer of defense. The Kata Containers project is supported by these China-based companies who are making upstream contributions: 99cloud, China Mobile, EasyStack, FiberHome, Huawei, Tencent, UnitedStack and ZTE. 

    Baidu, one of the largest internet and artificial intelligence (AI) companies in the world was an early adopter of Kata Containers. Baidu, highlighting its integration of OpenStack, Kubernetes, and Kata Containers published a white paper today detailing its use of Kata Containers on Baidu AI Cloud, the company’s platform for providing AI, big data and cloud computing services to enterprises across all industries. Download your copy of “The Application of Kata Containers on Baidu AI Cloud” by visiting the Kata Containers project home page.  

  • Zuul: Zuul is a program that drives continuous integration, delivery, and deployment systems with a focus on project gating and automated testing. Volvo Cars Corporation, a subsidiary of the Chinese automotive company Geely, is a prominent user of Zuul, using Zuul to drive its continuous integration (CI) system. Read more about how “Volvo Cars Shifts to Continuous Integration” using Zuul.  

  • Airship: Combining OpenStack and Kubernetes to address users’ infrastructure needs at scale, Airship is a collection of loosely coupled but interoperable open source tools that declaratively automate cloud provisioning. As described in the keynote presentation, SK Telecom, South Korea’s largest wireless carrier, is actively involved in the Airship project. The company will provide more details about its use of Airship in its efforts to develop cloud-native infrastructure technology during a Monday afternoon breakout session: “Treat Your Infrastructure like Cloud Native Apps - SKT's Journey with OpenStack and Airship.”  

  • StarlingX: Integrating OpenStack and Kubernetes at the edge, StarlingX is a complete cloud infrastructure software stack for the edge used by the most demanding applications in industrial IOT, telecom, video delivery and other ultra-low latency use cases. Chinese companies contributing upstream to the project include 99cloud, China UnionPay and FiberHome. After a short overview in the keynote, banking giant China UnionPay will expound upon its use of StarlingX, OpenStack and Kubernetes in a Tuesday breakout session:  “Secured edge infrastructure for Contactless Payment System.”   

The Open Infrastructure Summit, hosted by the OpenStack Foundation (OSF), is being held in Shanghai for the first time and is receiving a warm welcome here from the 13 China-based Gold and Platinum-level sponsors of the OSF. Platinum members based in Greater China include:

  • Huawei
  • Tencent  

Gold members include:

  • 99cloud
  • China Mobile
  • China Telecom
  • China Unicom
  • EasyStack
  • FiberHome
  • H3C
  • Inspur
  • UnitedStack
  • ZTE  

APAC boasts four out of five Superuser Award nominees

At each Open Infrastructure Summit, the keynote address concludes with the introduction of the Superuser Award winner. Elected by members of the OSF community, the team that wins the Superuser Award is lauded for the unique nature of its use case(s) as well as its integration and application of open infrastructure. Four out of five nominees for the Superuser Award to be presented today hail from the APAC region: Baidu ABC Cloud Group and Edge Security Team, InCloud OpenStack Team of Inspur, Information Management Department of Wuxi Metro, and Rakuten Mobile Network Organization. Previous award winners from the APAC region include China Mobile, NTT Group, and the Tencent TStack Team.  

CESI MoU

Also at the Summit today, representatives from the OSF and China Electronics Standardization Institute (CESI) announced a strategic partnership to implement new technology, assessment and certification for the OpenStack software in China.   More Superuser and the CESI MoU news at www.openstack.org/news.  

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