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06 October 2011, 16:55

Rackspace to create an OpenStack Foundation

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Rackspace says that it is planning to create an OpenStack Foundation next year to take over the governance and ownership of the OpenStack trademark. The OpenStack project was launched in July 2010 to manage a new open source cloud platform created by Rackspace and Nasa; since then Citrix, Dell, Intel, AMD, HP, Cisco, Canonical and others have joined the initiative. However, there have been concerns about the governance of the project, specifically that Rackspace has too much control since buying Anso Labs which gave it a majority of seats on the project board. A reformation of voting processes within the project in March this year did little to reduce those concerns.

The recent increased participation of members such as HP, Dell, Cisco and Citrix is believed to have forced Rackspace to look again at how the project is organised. How the new foundation will operate is somewhat unclear – only the governance and ownership of the trademark is slated to be moved to the foundation. According to Jonathan Bryce, OpenStack's Policy Board Chairman, contributors to the project retain ownership of their code, but licence it to be used in OpenStack, so Rackspace do not have control of all of the code's copyright and cannot hand it to a Foundation.


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