The OpenStack Foundation has officially launched as the independent controlling organisation for the open-source cloud computing platform, already boasting 5,600 individual members from 850 different organisations as it looks to build out support for the standard.
First announced last year, the OpenStack Foundation has been set up to oversee the development of the open-source cloud computing framework, as well as allay fears that the project might be dominated by vendors such as hosting firm Rackspace, which co-founded OpenStack.
In a statement, the OpenStack Foundation said its goals are to serve developers, users and the broader ecosystem by delivering shared resources to grow the footprint of public and private OpenStack clouds.
It will also work to to assist developers and enable technology vendors to target the platform.
The Foundation announced it is looking to hire a dozen full-time employees to co-ordinate the project's infrastructure and manage the OpenStack trademark, who will report in to Rackspace's Jonathan Bryce serving as executive director of the organisation.
Many leading vendors in the cloud and virtualisation markets have declared support for OpenStack and the Foundation, including HP and Red Hat, both members of the Foundation.
"HP is committing significant resources to the foundation including a team of full-time developers working on integration and automation," wrote Monty Taylor, manager of developer automation and infrastructure for HP Cloud Services.
Meanwhile, Red Hat declared its intention to follow a similar strategy for OpenStack that it has already used for its Linux distribution, positioning itself as trusted integrator that can provide cloud computing technology with technical support available under subscription licensing.
"Some organisations will choose to leverage all that [OpenStack] innovation directly by implementing, testing, patching and supporting community releases on their own" the Red Hat OpenStack Team stated in a posting on the company blog.
"However, as with Linux, typical businesses may rely on a vendor such as Red Hat, which has deep expertise in and day-to-day involvement with the upstream development process, enabling it to deliver software that is ready for the enterprise out-of-the-box."
However, some industry observers expressed concern that some members of the OpenStack Foundation such as VMware and Cisco may have a conflict of interest, and may work to undermine the platform because it competes against their own proprietary products and services.
The next major iteration of OpenStack, codenamed Folsom, is due for release within the next few weeks, with the Quantum network virtualisation component elevated to core project status within the platform.
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