OpenStack Foundation Launches to Promote Open Cloud
It’s official: OpenStack, the open source cloud platform, has formed an independent entity, the OpenStack Foundation, to promote the project and open source cloud computing more generally. Here’s the scoop, and what it means for the open source channel.
Founded in 2010, the OpenStack project has enjoyed broad support from a host of big names for some time. In addition to Rackspace Cloud and NASA, which launched the project, several major companies in the open source channel and beyond have worked closely with it for a while. The platform provides the main cloud computing solutions for the Ubuntu and Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) Linux distributions, and is endorsed by Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO), Dell (NASDAQ: DELL), Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ), IBM (NYSE: IBM), Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) and AMD (NYSE: AMD), among other organizations.
The OpenStack Foundation, which officially debuted Sept. 19, 2012, provides an independent entity for the various big name backers of the project to combine their resources with those of smaller organizations in the interest of promoting open source cloud computing based on OpenStack.
According to its website, the Foundation already counts 5,600 individual members spread across 87 countries, whose primary task will be to provide technical contributions to the platform
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