The new Open Stack Foundation has eight companies kicking in as platinum members
By Maureen O'Gara
OpenStack announced Thursday that, as
expected, it's moving to a foundation governance model with a published
framework that's supposed to limit Rackspace's dominance of the nascent
open source cloud platform.
OpenStack is an alternative to Amazon. Citrix started a competing
effort to OpenStack last week around its open source CloudStack, which
unlike OpenStack uses Amazon APIs. These APIs are supposed to make
Amazon, which now also has the open source Eucalyptus in its corner, the
de facto standard.
The new Open Stack Foundation has eight companies kicking in as
platinum members including IBM and Red Hat, which have both been working
in the background until now. In fact, Red Hat says it ranks third of
all corporate members in contributions to date.
The other platinum members include AT&T, Canonical, HP, Nebula,
SUSE and, of course, Rackspace which started the whole thing along with
Cisco, ClearPath Networks, Cloudscaling, Dell, DreamHost, ITRI,
Mirantis, Morphlabs, NetApp, Piston Cloud Computing and Yahoo are coming
as gold members.
That gives it 19 members altogether. The Platinums will pay $500,000 a
year and have to make a three-year commitment. The Golds will pay
0.025% of their revenue, which will mean at least $50,000 a year but no
more than $200,000. Platinums are also supposed to provide operational
resources such as staffing or development environment infrastructure.
According to the foundation's wiki, it's figuring on an annual
operating budget of $4 million-$5 million "equal to current Rackspace
funding for the same activities today."
The biannual OpenStack Design Summit & Conference will be subsidized primarily through event sponsorships.
Individual members can join for free.