OpenStack Seeks to Ease Open Source Integration

OpenStack community leaders announced a plan to overcome the hardest problem in open source today: integrating and operating open source technologies to solve real-world problems. The OpenStack Foundation and community are investing significant financial and technical resources in a four-part strategy to address integration of OpenStack and relevant open source technologies: documenting cross-project use cases, collaborating across communities, including upstream contributions to other open source projects, fostering new projects at the OpenStack Foundation, and coordinating end-to-end testing across projects.

“As open source leaders, we’ll fail our user base if we deliver innovation without integration, meaning the operational tools and knowledge to put it all into production,” said Jonathan Bryce, executive director of the OpenStack Foundation. “By working together across projects, we can invest in closing this gap and ensuring that infrastructure is not only open but also consumable by anyone in the world.”

With a clear focus on open infrastructure, the OpenStack Foundation will collaborate closely with other open source projects and foundations, including joint events, testing and upstream contributions to adjacent projects.

The OpenStack Foundation and community announced several initiatives to support its integration strategy this week at the OpenStack Summit, including OpenLab, the Public Cloud Passport Program and the Financial Services Team. OpenLab is a community-led program to test and improve support for the most popular Software Development Kits (SDKs) — as well as platforms like Kubernetes, Terraform, Cloud Foundry and more — on OpenStack. The goal is to improve the usability, reliability and resiliency of tools and applications for hybrid and multi-cloud environments.

In addition to testing and use case development, the OpenStack Foundation expects to manage new open infrastructure projects as part of its integration strategy. The goal is to help organize the ecosystem and user community around problem domains, such as data center cloud infrastructure, edge infrastructure, container infrastructure and CI/CD.

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