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09 March 2011, 12:36

OpenStack gets wider support, reworks governance

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The OpenStack project, launched by NASA and Rackspace, has been gaining in popularity as a solution for cloud computing. Rackspace has now announced that it will be offering commercial support, training and services around OpenStack. The "Cloud Builders" business will offer that support to companies who are creating their own cloud infrastructures, rather than running on Rackspace's hosted services.

After recent concern over the dominance of Rackspace in the running of the OpenStack community after it acquired Anso Labs in February, the project announced that "the time has come to evolve the governance process". In a blog posting, the organisation expanded it's policy board, created an advisory board and created project technical leads for the major projects. Full details of the governance model have also been published. Nominations and the election process for the various created posts have now begun.

The project now has over 53 participating companies, including Dell, Citrix, AMD, Intel, rPath and Vyatta. OpenStack comprises two major Apache licensed projects, Compute and Object Storage. Compute provides the underlying fabric for an OpenStack cloud, controlling all activities, such as starting and stopping virtual machines in the cloud, and managing all resources, networking and authorisation. Object Storage is built on top of that to create a redundant scalable storage system which manages replication and failover.


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