It is with great fanfare and fireworks that I introduce myself as the new community manager of the OpenStack project. I firmly believe that the cloud computing paradigm is on the cusp of a significant industry tidal wave and OpenStack is the ground breaking open source technology that will lead the revolution. I look forward to doing my part in assisting the community in a plethora of ways to ensure the success of all participants.
Over the past three years I worked as the community manger for the open source Xen.org community and have taken a leading role in helping to promote all open source technologies in events around the world and as an open source blogger for Network World. I intend to continue my promotion and support of open source technologies as a vocal community manager on behalf of OpenStack.
When the OpenStack community was formed in July, we outlined a number of key principles centered around a commitment to Openness. Now you may notice that the word “open” is applied to just about everything these days, right up there with “cloud”, so when you set out to create an “open cloud” it’s important to spell out just what that means.
We defined what “open” means to OpenStack on the wiki in detail, but here are the highlights for reference:
Open Source (not open core) with appropriate license (in our case, Apache 2.0 which is OSI approved, GPLv3 compatible, and DFSG compatible)
One of our key deliverables in keeping with this commitment was to publish a Governance process shortly after the establishment of the community, and to ensure that the process outlined contained active involvement and representation from the community. The process is now documented in full on the wiki but I will mention a couple of key points here.
Wow, what a crazy month it has been! We’re really excited by all the buzz and activity that’s going on in OpenStack–in IRC (freenode.net #openstack) and on the mailing lists (launchpad.net/openstack), as well as on Twitter (@openstack) and in the media. But hype time is over and it’s time for us to begin delivering on the promises of OpenStack.
OpenStack Compute and Object Storage already have a number of important features in the code base today including:
managing virtual machines
network configuration for those VMs
a fully distributed, replicated storage system
storing, retrieving, and replicating objects and files up to 5GB in size
In addition, we have already released interfaces for controlling an OpenStack environment via a web control panel, iPad, iPhone or Android device.