On July 19, OpenStack celebrated its third birthday in a year in which it consolidated traction within the enterprise, expanded its global member base and transformed from a compute and object storage platform to a compute, object storage, networking and shared services platform. OpenStack boasts well known customers such as Best Buy, Bloomberg, Comcast, Fidelity and PayPal and is supported by 231 companies, 10,149 members and 1,036 contributors of code. AT&T, Canonical, HP, IBM, Nebula, Rackspace, Red Hat and SUSE constitute Platinum members of the OpenStack Foundation while the list of Gold members has expanded to now include CCAT, Cisco, Cloudscaling, Dell, DreamHost, eNovance, Ericsson, Intel, Juniper Networks, Mirantis, Morphlabs, NEC, NetApp, Piston Cloud, VMware and Yahoo. OpenStack’s third year was marked by the Grizzly release, which featured support for the VMware ESX and Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisors in addition to expanded support for third party storage options and software-defined networking platforms. The next release, Havana, is expected to include the integration of orchestration and metering, and is slated for October 17, 2013. Ensuring inter-operability across OpenStack distributions (for example, Red Hat and IBM) as well as perhaps even with other cloud vendors, is expected to take center stage for OpenStack in year four.
The infographic below elaborates on OpenStack’s milestone accomplishments to date: