AUSTIN, Texas // July 20, 2015 — OpenStack, the most widely deployed open source software for building clouds, marks its fifth anniversary this month with its global community of 30,000 supporters celebrating at events around the world.
Launched in 2010 as a joint project between Rackspace and NASA, OpenStack started as two open source projects to orchestrate virtual machines and object storage. It has evolved into dozens of projects tackling a broad range of use cases, from accelerating software development to reducing the cost of big data analytics to helping large telco providers roll out Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and next generation network services.
The community of OpenStack supporters has grown to include more than 500 organizations and 30,000 individual members across 166 countries. There have been 4,000 contributors to date producing nearly 4 million lines of code. OpenStack powers clouds for many of the world’s largest brands; those who have spoken at OpenStack events include AT&T, Best Buy, Bloomberg, BMW, CERN, Cisco Webex, Comcast, Disney, eBay, PayPal, TD Bank and Walmart.
More than 6,000 members of the OpenStack community gathered in May at the semi-annual OpenStack Summit in Vancouver, British Columbia, to acknowledge under the thematic banner “OpenStack Powered Planet” these recent accomplishments:
The next release of the software, codenamed Liberty, will be available on October 15, 2015.
The next OpenStack Summit will be held in Tokyo, Japan, October 27 - 30. Among the trending topics to be explored:
User groups around the world will celebrate the anniversary with local celebrations. In addition, the OpenStack Foundation staff and board will be hosting an evening event in Portland on Wednesday, July 22, during OSCON (Open Source Convention). Attendees are encouraged to RSVP.
“Five years ago, the idea that massively scalable cloud infrastructure should be open and driven by a community of developers and users was a vision hindered by the reality of the engineering hurdles in the way. Today, hundreds of companies rely on OpenStack to deliver a stable core of cloud services to their app developers, surrounded by a vibrant ecosystem for technology innovation. The OpenStack community is powering the software-defined economy.” — Jonathan Bryce, chief executive officer, OpenStack Foundation
“Notable Fortune 100 enterprises including BMW, Disney and Walmart have irrefutably proven that OpenStack is viable for production environments. These are regular companies, not firms that were born digital like Etsy, Facebook and Netflix. OpenStack’s presence in the market is now accelerating, leveraging the success of these pioneers.” — Lauren E. Nelson, senior analyst, Forrester Research, in “OpenStack Is Ready — Are You?”, published May 18, 2015.
OpenStack® is the most widely deployed open source software for building clouds. Enterprises use OpenStack to support rapid deployment of new products, reduce costs and improve internal systems. Service providers use OpenStack to give customers reliable, easily accessible cloud infrastructure resources, supporting technologies including platforms and containers. OpenStack powers clouds for many of the world’s largest brands, including AT&T, Bloomberg, Cisco Webex, Disney and Walmart.
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